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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 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.


"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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