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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 Neowin.net 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 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.

sarcastic
Sarcastic.
SARCASTIC! (my fav!) (SARCASTIC!)

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.


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