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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: too much $$
By Ringold on 9/5/2006 8:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
For all the complaining about price you'd think they were asking for a first born son.

No, MS has had economists, accountants, marketing professionals, etc, crunch the numbers, and the prices we see above are what they suspect will be their equilibrium price to maximize profit. In other words, they're going to make their money at that price 'cause it IS just low enough to get the masses to include it in their next upgrade cycle. It'll discourage some; it's supposed to. MS isn't a communist establishment that has to please you and everyone else. They'd charge about a $5 if they were. It's like Americans these days think companies exist to serve the people or some such crap; no, they exist to make money! And money makes life good. Socialists dont get that :)

Anyway, you wouldn't be complaining if you were a stock holder ;)

RE: too much $$
By laok on 9/6/2006 9:23:12 AM , Rating: 2
Because so many people including myself actually are just stuck with Microsoft Windows. It is even pricer to change yourself into loving another OS. It is a pain in the ass to get into using some other softwares under another OS. Microsoft is the only company that sells OS that can run your lovely daily software and games. Whatever version Windows you have used before, copyright-ed or copyleft-ed, home or professional, you will have to update to an version of Vista and another more-feature-rich or more-bug-rich MS OS one day. You do have choices: stay with MS or start to learn to love another OS. We know this and MS know this too.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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