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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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$400 yeah right NEVER!
By Einy0 on 10/31/2006 2:56:01 AM , Rating: 1
I wonder how much Ultimate OEM will be... I've been playing with Vista since BETA 2 and it looks snappy but software compatability is awful thus far. RC2 is much better than RC1 was. It still doesn't work with Nero 7 or Power DVD 6. I guess power DVD 7 works but I really don't see the need to make the upgrade until Blueray and HD-DVD drives get cheaper. I seriously doubt I'll be touching Vista Final until DX10 games start coming out. There really isn't any reason other than that to bother. Eye candy is nice but not at that price. As far as office goes I started using OpenOffice a few years ago and I'll never buy MS Office again. It works just as well if not better. There's just no reason to ever use MS office again... And the price for OpenOffice is unbeatable...

RE: $400 yeah right NEVER!
By dug777 on 10/31/2006 4:53:11 AM , Rating: 3
I've said i'll manage with OO in the past, but after a few weeks with it the nasty formating problems when moving between OO and Word on different computers particularly drives me insane and i realise that i do really need MS office...

It also comes with plenty of stuff OO can't do (can OO do voice typing?), looks pretty, and for most of use the more basic levels will be quite sufficient.

Off topic, i'm learning my lesson for daring to defend Sony against knee-jerk anti-sony whining on dailytech, my rating is so low the site thinks i'm a robot :P

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