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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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By Beenthere on 10/31/2006 1:01:52 PM , Rating: -1
No offense to Brandon or anyone else but WTF difference does it make what packaging is used to ship Vista? This is like the hardware reviews of PSUs, heatsinks, etc. that goes on to tell about the pretty box with tit and arse on the outside of the box the hardware comes in. I realize hormone crazed thirteen year olds may give a shitze about this foolishness, but please spare the rest of us. Shilling for a company is one thing, but the braindead promotion of the packaging shows what sheep many in the PC industry have turned into.




By Lazarus Dark on 10/31/2006 2:26:53 PM , Rating: 2
while the above post was a bit overthetop, I have to say what difference does the packaging make when half of us are getting the oem version anyway? I mean ultimate oem will already be twice the price of what i paid for my oem xp pro. theres no way i can pay 400 for retail. I'd have to go cold turkey linux first, I make twelve bucks an hour, I just don't have that kind of money to throw around.

umm...It is nice packaging though,...I guess...


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