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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: Never Mind
By Ghostdog on 9/6/2006 5:07:58 AM , Rating: 2
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Heck, windows 2000 is still very good.


Agreed. A few years ago (when XP was out) I decided to buy Win2000 instead of XP and I haven´t really come to regret my decission. Well, at least not until about a year back.

Having two active PC-gamers in my household effectively means that I have to buy Vista. It´s sucks that studios are being encouraged/paid off by MS to make Windows XP a system requirement - even when Windows 2000 is otherwise a prefectly useable OS - but what am I going to do? Boycott those games. A lot of good that will do.

So, thanks to game developers and Microsoft, if I want to keep playing games on my PC I´m left with little choice but to buy Windows Vista. It´s not like I´m not looking forward to all the new features it includes. I am. It´s just that if it wasn´t for games, I could be perfectly happy using Win2000 for a few yearsmore.


RE: Never Mind
By ET on 9/6/2006 10:43:46 AM , Rating: 2
It makes sense, certainly these days, to develop only for XP. It's a 5 year old OS, most users have it, and the cost of making sure it works on earlier versions is simply not worth it for most developers. And it's true that Microsoft discourages it in many ways (like having dev kits run only on XP). Which also makes sense for them, for the same reason.


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