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Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

Microsoft Office Professional 2007
Microsoft shows off new packaging for its two top sellers

The fellas over at were alerted that Microsoft has unveiled the packaging for Windows Vista and Office 2007. While there are only three images posted, the new design direction for Microsoft packaging is quite apparent.

According to the Windows Vista Team Blog, the compact packaging is made out of plastic and is designed for long-term protection and storage of the software. Microsoft's Nick White also indicates that the new packaging will be carried over to future Microsoft software releases.

As a refresher, here's the pricing for four consumer releases of Windows Vista:

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

And here's pricing for Office 2007:

  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007 ($499/$329)
  • Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 ($449/$279)
  • Microsoft Office Standard 2007 ($399/$239)
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 ($149/NA)

Windows Vista is expected to be released to consumers in January 2007 while Office 2007 is expected to hit store shelves sometime after.

Update 10/31/2006: Microsoft has unveiled packaging for all of the retail editions of Vista and Office 2007. You can check them out here.

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RE: 149 for Office home??
By Clauzii on 10/30/2006 10:27:29 PM , Rating: -1
What I mean - 149 is way to much for some Programs everybody can find as open source.

Sorry, but it's way too much.

RE: 149 for Office home??
By Micronite on 10/30/2006 11:05:10 PM , Rating: 1
Most people will probably still buy it.

The math is actually quite simple:
If 1 person buys the software for $150 and 1 person decides it's too much and downloads OpenOffice, they've done $50 better than they would have if it were $50.

Funny how we complain about software prices and then end up spending the money for them (pirates excluded, arrrrg ye mateys).

Like it or not, unless someone can provide a more attractive alternative, they're just participating in capitalism. And yeah, it sucks.

RE: 149 for Office home??
By ATC on 10/30/2006 11:52:38 PM , Rating: 2
$149 isn't bad for Office Home and Student 2007. My understanding is that they will allow installation on 3 PCs and it includes the full version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

RE: 149 for Office home??
By Omega215D on 10/31/2006 12:43:03 AM , Rating: 2
Knowing Staples the Home or Student Teacher editions will probably be $100 - 130 after a few months or so and that's with instant savings not rebates. Hell, I got Office 2003 for $110 and don't plan to upgrade for another 2 -3 years. Good price, works well and up to date Office does very well for itself.

RE: 149 for Office home??
By mac noob on 10/31/06, Rating: -1
RE: 149 for Office home??
By Flunk on 10/31/2006 12:41:47 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just get the Mac version of Office then?

RE: 149 for Office home??
By mac noob on 10/31/06, Rating: -1
RE: 149 for Office home??
By ZmaxDP on 10/31/2006 2:40:08 PM , Rating: 2
Could we create a "sarcasm" text for this forum. I'm sure some creative soul could combine italics, quotes, color, style, ad size to appropriately convey the proper level of sarcasm for a post. We could add some buttons next to the "quote" button.


This way we'd all know when the deed was being done. (Unless of course someone Wanted to keep it secret...)(sarcastic)

Oh, by the by, FF2.0's spell checking rocks. Completely negates my previous 500 posts complaining about not having spell check in the forum. Thanks FF! (Not sarcastic)

RE: 149 for Office home??
By kkwst2 on 10/31/2006 6:11:14 PM , Rating: 2
Not to get off-topic, but I've been unimpressed with FF2.0. It locks up on me a lot. Went back to 1.5 on 3/4 computers.

So I for one will continue to eyeball it for now.

RE: 149 for Office home??
By Brainonska511 on 10/31/2006 2:02:27 PM , Rating: 2
You could also be going to school that has a licensing agreement with Microsoft. I got Office Pro 2003 for $25 through my school

RE: 149 for Office home??
By Jkm3141 on 10/31/2006 10:35:35 PM , Rating: 2
Blam, my mom works at RIT, 3 dollars for WinXP Professional and 6 dollars for Office 2003 Professional. These prices have not chanced since both XP and Office 2003 were available. Gotcha beat.

RE: 149 for Office home??
By ReblTeen84 on 11/1/2006 7:56:51 AM , Rating: 2
Both schools I went to gave us our software for no charge..was included in tuition. Office XP, 2003, Win2K, WinXP, 2 versions of Visual Studio, 2 versions of Windows Server. Definetly something I appreciated, even if I thought tuition was a little high at times (5 grand a semester).

RE: 149 for Office home??
By carage on 12/11/2006 3:09:34 AM , Rating: 2
I think it also depends on the classes you take. Some schools only offer conditional licenses.
The school I went to offered XP, Office, and Visual Studio for free but licenses were only available to CS or CSE majors or students currently enrolled in selective CS courses. I lost my access privileges after I stopped taking programming courses.
I heard it only costs $3X to get any version of Office 2003 as a M$ employee.

RE: 149 for Office home??
By dijuremo on 10/31/06, Rating: -1
RE: 149 for Office home??
By rushfan2006 on 10/31/2006 9:53:41 AM , Rating: 4
Wasn't this Open Office vs MS Office topic held about 1000 times before already?

Oh well its a fun one to debate like the Intel v Amd and PC v Apple wars.

The number one reason MS Office is so heavily used isn't because of the individual "private citizen" its because of corporate america. MS Office is the standard office suite of more corporations (large and small) than any other single office suite product. It is the de facto standard office tool.

Therefore, since people work with MS office all the time, they naturally use that at home (its a natural human condition to stick with what we are comfortable with). Not to mention people who work with it -- the free not free debate doesn't really carry much weight for incentive...since they likely use MS office at home for personal stuff and they aren't paying for it either. So if I already have access to using MS office for free (to me), why would I care one iota of going out of my way to download and install an opensource application suite?

Finally, despite how nice openoffice is (and yes I've used it myself at home many times) a decidely MS corporate business world -- your life is A LOT easier creating documents, presentations and colloborating with MS Office than trying to do the same with Open Office...Open Office is great for little dinky projects and home stuff where you don't have to collaborate with others...but trust me, MS Office, is the BETTER product its not just a money is the BETTER product.

RE: 149 for Office home??
By rushfan2006 on 10/31/2006 9:58:12 AM , Rating: 1
Btw, that response from me above is just trying to relate some reasoning for you as to why MS Office is still used over a free product. Its just based on my experience at three different companies I've worked at the last 12 years.

However, all that said...if you look at my *personal* laptop at home...its loaded with Open Office...I don't use it a lot, therefore it fits my meager needs quite well.

RE: 149 for Office home??
By creathir on 10/31/06, Rating: 0
RE: 149 for Office home??
By othercents on 10/31/2006 10:21:57 AM , Rating: 2
What I mean - 149 is way to much for some Programs everybody can find as open source.

Funny how you only say that Office is too much. What about Window Vista? $199 for Vista when you can get a free OS? Oh and what about paying $500 for a computer when there are plenty of free ones you can get from companies that are upgrading their old stock. Hey there is even free housing, you don't have to pay for a house. You also have free transportation and free internet and free food.

This is exactly why the free comment is out of line. Just because it is free doesn't make it better. I can get free housing and free food, but it wouldn't be anywhere close to what I am use to. I could get a free computer, with Linux, and OpenOffice, but it won't do everything I want it to do.

The price is set at what people are willing to pay. When OpenOffice becomes 50% of the market then Microsoft might come up with a new idea like a free version of Office for personal use only. However Most businesses will stick with Microsoft Office especially if they ever send or receive documents from other companies or if they use MS Exchange.


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