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Amazon's leaked pricing holds up

Last week, leaked pricing for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system. Today, Microsoft has updated its Windows Vista site with official pricing for the various versions of the operating system. Not surprisingly, Amazon's figures were right on the money (prices listed as full/upgrade):

  • Windows Vista Home Basic, $199/$99.95
  • Windows Vista Home Premium, $239/$159
  • Windows Vista Business, $299/$199
  • Windows Vista Ultimate, $399/$259

Microsoft didn't elaborate on Amazon's suggested ship date of January 30, but simply stated that volume license customers would receive the OS in November while general public availability will be in January of 2007.

On Friday, Microsoft released Windows Vista RC1 to testers. Microsoft announced today that it would be expanding the availability of RC1 this week with the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP). When all is said and done, Windows Vista RC1 will have been made available to over 5 million customers worldwide.

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RE: Rip off prices!
By GreenEnvt on 9/5/2006 4:32:44 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know, $400 is a lot of money, but it is the "heart" of your computer, you use it every time you use your computer (yea, yea, I know if you boot into Linux or similar you are not, but generally). Assume a similar lifetime to XP, 5 years, you are then paying about 22 cents a day to use the OS.

RE: Rip off prices!
By OvErHeAtInG on 9/5/2006 5:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
22 cents a day is quite a lot if you ask me... Given the fact that if you want the media capabilities and the ability to log on to a domain, you have to get Ultimate, that's very steep. I paid $140 for XP Pro, and now it's twice that just to maintain the feature set! Very steep.

RE: Rip off prices!
By jkresh on 9/5/2006 6:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
I would suspect that you bought an oem copy for the $140 and I would guess the Vista ultimate will be $199 for oem (upgrade for xp pro was $199 and oem was $140), so its not as big an increase as you are making it out to be (and ultimate has features that were not in xp pro (and some that were not in mce2005))

RE: Rip off prices!
By JackTheLad on 9/6/2006 1:22:04 AM , Rating: 2
I hate when people come out with this logic, "it works out at blah blah a day"

Do you do that when you buy music cds or games?

I have CDs from years and years ago, and I did not buy them thinking: oh that works out at 1p a day to listen to for the next 15 years.

RE: Rip off prices!
By ET on 9/6/2006 11:09:02 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I actually count games in dollars per month ($15, usually). I also count DVDs like this, sometimes. I compare my DVD buys to what I'd have paid for cable TV, just to keep myself in check.

In the case of Vista, it's just a way to convince yourself it's not a lot of money. I wouldn't count it per day, but buying anything is a matter of price vs. how much you think it's beneficial (enjoyable, ...) times the length of time you'd use it. So if you expect to use something for several years, pricing it per year makes sense.

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