September 5, 2006
@ 10:05 PM

From the press release entitled Industry Testing of Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 Begins we learn

Microsoft Announces Estimated Retail Pricing for All Windows Vista Editions

With Windows XP, customers often had to make tradeoffs in features and functionality as the Windows XP editions were aligned with specific hardware types. With Windows Vista, customers now have the ability to make choices between editions based on the valuable features they desire, which are now available as standard features of mainstream editions. For example, 64-bit support and Tablet PC and touch technology are standard features of the Home Premium and Business editions.

Pricing information for all Windows Vista editions is available online, along with additional information on the various editions of Windows Vista.

It looks like my next choice of operating system will have a suggested retail price for full package product of $399.00 and a suggested upgrade retail price of $259.00. Given that I'm running Windows Server 2003 at home it looks like I'll be paying the higher price. 


Tuesday, September 5, 2006 10:44:49 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

Are the prices quoted for single licenses or can I install these on more than one computer?

For example, I have a Dell laptop and a homebuilt machine running XP Media Center and XP Pro respectively. It looks like I need to upgrade to Vista Ultimate because
a) I want the media center functionality.
b) I run a domain on my home network and I need to be able to join both PC's to them.

Now even if I dont buy the full version, if I buy only the upgrade version, for single licenses it looks like Im going to have to pay over $500!

Compare and contrast with Mac OS X, where you can buy a 5 license "family edition" for only $200.

Ive been a windows user since Win95, but I have to say with Vista, Im beginning to think that I might switch to a Mac and OS X. I can still have a windows partition to run my legacy apps.

Both OS's are very good and while I know that there is a lot of new functionality built into Vista, to the average layman there isnt much difference. Now (with Mac on Intel), you can use both machines to word process, send email, browse the web, develop and even run the same apps (if you use bootcamp), all in a modicum of security.

In the end it looks like Im just going to have to put up with it and fork out $500 bucks for a two license upgrade... but I dont see why MS cant sell a similar "family" package for $259, which would be a bit more palatable to say the least. Regardless, in the next couple of years, Im going to take a serious look at Mac OS X and consider "switching".
Tuesday, September 5, 2006 11:04:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Dude, I'm not getting a Dell!
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 3:36:35 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
My next choice of operating system will be free.</snark>
Thursday, September 7, 2006 12:40:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Well, that means that i have to pay over 500$ for a license-update and if i have more pc at home i have to pay for each one? Why don't they sell a package with that u can use the license on every pc at home?
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