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August 28, 2006

Vista Prices Revealed?

Posted by David Hunter at 10:27 AM ET.

Neowin has the scoop from an inadvertent posting on the Microsoft Canada Web site and it looks like this in US dollars:

Vista Ultimate
-Upgrade: $269.93
-Full Retail: $450.58

Vista Home Premium
-Upgrade: $179.69
-Full Retail: $269.93

Vista Home Basic
-Upgrade: $116.48
-Full Retail: $233.86

Vista Business
-Upgrade: $224.83
-Full Retail: $342.22

Some additional caveats are that the US prices are from currency conversions of the Canadian prices, and that the web site says “retail prices,” but also “Prices are based on Open License Business Pricing” which is a volume purchase agreement. While OEM prices will certainly be less, if these are more or less correct it certainly looks like Microsoft is “going for the gold.” The best quip award goes to a Neowin commenter who asks, “Does Ultimate come with a computer?”

Update: Ed Bott uses a different conversion methodology to come up with lower US prices.

Ina Fried at CNET reports that Microsoft will formally reveal USA pricing when Release Candidate 1 is distributed in September.



Filed under General Business, Licensing, Microsoft, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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2 Responses to “Vista Prices Revealed?”

  1. Vista discount upgrade coupon update -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Today’s leak of Vista prices reminded me that I needed to follow up on last Monday’s report of possible Vista discount upgrade offers in the offing for purchasers of PCs in the 4th quarter. Microsoft responded predictably as Tim Culpan and Fred Fishkin report for Bloomberg News: Discussions are “ongoing,’’ said Windows director Kevin Kutz, who declined to comment further. [...]

  2. Amazon leaks US Vista prices and availability -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Yesterday started off with a Microsoft leak of Canadian prices for Vista and late in the day, Joe Wilcox spotted that Amazon had goofed and posted US retail prices. He observes that they are mostly equivalent to XP (except for Vista Ultimate) but are excessively complicated. Robert McLaws puts it all in a nice table (below) and notes that the availability date is January 30, 2007. McLaws also reiterates his suggestion for cheaper additional licenses and separately explains how easy it would be for Microsoft to do. [...]

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