What would we do without online retailers who add new products quickly to their stores even if those products are not yet fully available. They often leak pricing information and information about the products to the public.
This time it was Amazon wthatadded product pages for all Windows Vista versions, which as you might now will be available in seven different versions. Windows Vista Home Basic Edition is the cheapest version of Windows Vista with a price tag of 199$ and can be compared to the Windows XP home version which also retailed for 199$.
Then we have Windows Vista Home Premium which seems to be what the Media Center Edition was on Windows XP, it retails for 239$, Microsoft Windows Vista Business will be available for 379$ and Microsoft Windows Ultimate will retail for 399$. Many news sources on the net report a business price of 299$ but I did look it up on amazon.com and it stated 379$ for the Vista business version. The Vista Enterprise edition is not available through Amazon.
All versions are available as upgrades as well which reduces the price if you can prove that you own a version of Microsoft Windows XP. I think that most customers will be confused by the huge amount of different versions of the new operating system. Most will of course upgrade by simply buying a new computer which comes preinstalled with the new operating system.
Wikipedia has a nice entry on Windows Vista and I decided to copy the paragraph that details the different versions of it from their website:
One question remains though: Will you make the switch to Vista or stick with your current operating system?Advertisement
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