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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 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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