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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 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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