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Amazon's leaked pricing holds up

Last week, Amazon.com 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 retrospooty on 9/5/2006 4:38:59 PM , Rating: 5
"I can't imagine anyone paying for retail or upgrade their OS from XP."

I totally understand why you would not want to upgrade, but beleive me, millions will buy it in the first few months, and within a few years MS expects 100's of millions of copies to be sold... It will happen like it or not.

I for one, and the vast majority of people out there had no issues at all with XP from day one. The same will hold true for Vista. The few users with issues are always the loudest, the silent majority is trouble free.


RE: Rip off prices!
By ChronoReverse on 9/5/2006 4:53:14 PM , Rating: 2
Still, it's not worth upgrading unless you have a significant rig in the first place. XP is still very good.

With new computers, I see little reason not to have Vista instead of course and I've posted several times about how much I'm liking Vista now that the Release Candidate builds are out. Nonetheless, it's still not very compelling to upgrade and the prices are not going to help that either.

If MS halved the prices, I'd probably recommend upgrading to Vista to anyone who has a system that would run smoother with it.


RE: Rip off prices!
By kmmatney on 9/5/2006 5:24:37 PM , Rating: 2
Heck, windows 2000 is still very good. I still have two windows 2000 machines (my wife's and my son's) and several work machines on it, and have no trouble whatsoever inastalling new devices and software on them. Everything just works.


“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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