-Full Retail: $450.58
Vista Home Premium
-Full Retail: $269.93
Vista Home Basic
-Full Retail: $233.86
-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.