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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 dijuremo on 10/31/2006 9:19:39 AM , Rating: -1
Funny how we complain about software prices and then end up spending the money for them (pirates excluded, arrrrg ye mateys).

Why spend $149 on MS Office, when Open Office is free?. Is it just that people are ignorant and do not know about Open Office? It will save in all the MS Office formats and more, it supports the open source "Open Document Format". It is free, It creates PDF files without having to give a lung, an eye and a kidney to Adobe... It not only works on Windows, but on Mac, Solaris, Linux and everwhere else where you could compile the source code. It is truly a cross platform application and still people are stupid enough to pay MS for a crippled version of Office...

There are some things that I just will never be able to understand....

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
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