Amazon Reveals Windows Vista Pricing

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The online retailer is accepting preorders for Windows Vista software.

Microsoft appears to be on track to release Windows Vista for sale at retail outlets in January 2007—that's if the information posted on Amazon.com is correct.

Online retailer Amazon.com is accepting preorders for Windows Vista software, which it says will be available on Jan. 30, 2007.

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The Vista prices that Amazon.com is quoting are mostly similar to those for Windows XP, the most current version of the software, except for the new Ultimate edition, for which there is no comparable XP product.

According to the preorder prices posted on the Amazon.com Web site, Windows Vista Home Basic will retail for $199, while an upgrade to this version will cost $99.95, with $89.95 for an additional upgrade license.

In comparison, Windows XP Home currently costs $189.99 retail, and begins at $89.97 for an upgrade on Amazon.com.

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Vista Home Premium is priced on Amazon.com at $239, with an upgrade costing $159 and an additional upgrade license for $143.00, while Vista Business costs $299 retail, $199 for an upgrade and $179 for an extra upgrade license.

In comparison, Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 can be bought for $247.99 retail on Amazon.com, with an upgrade cost of $157.99.

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However, the flagship edition of the product, Vista Ultimate, for which there is no comparable XP product, is priced at a hefty $399 on Amazon, with an upgrade price of $259 and an additional upgrade license costing $233.

Kevin Kutz, a director in Microsoft's Windows Client group, declined to comment specifically on the preorder pricing on Amazon.com, telling eWEEK.com that the Redmond, Wash., software giant was looking into the origin of the prices quoted by Amazon.com, but doesn't "have an answer to share at this time."

It is also still "too premature for us to comment on the final pricing for Windows Vista," he said, adding that the company plans to announce the U.S. pricing when it makes the first Vista Release Candidate available later this quarter.

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Katz also declined to give any specifics about the product's retail availability.

"We are not providing specific guidance on the availability date for Windows Vista yet. As you know, we are targeting Windows Vista availability for volume license customers in November and general availability in January 2007, although the exact delivery date will be subject to achieving quality metrics based on customer feedback," he said.

The preorder pricing information on Amazon.com follows the publication of Vista pricing on the Microsoft Canada Web site in Canadian dollars.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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