Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Microsoft Windows Vista Retail Pricing Information Released

In a press release from earlier today, Microsoft announced the availablility of Windows Vista RC1 to more testers via the Vista Community Preview program, in addition to releasing the estimated retail pricing (US) details.

Microsoft plans to broadly release the RC1 (Release Candidate 1) code to current Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants this week. In addition, Microsoft will reopen the CPP, a popular pre-release testing program, to new enrollments in coming days. Microsoft hopes that it will be able to have up to 5 million users try this RC1 build of Windows Vista.

Microsoft also announced U.S. estimated retail pricing for all editions of Windows Vista for both business and consumer users. Prices for the editions remain unchanged compared with the equivalent Windows XP editions, with the prices of some editions constant since Windows 95.

I have summarized the retail pricing in the table below.

Windows Vista SKUFullUpgrade
Home Basic
$199.00
$99.95
Home Premium
$239.00
$159.00
Business
$299.00
$199.00
Ultimate
$399.00
$259.00

The Windows Vista Enterprise edition is only available to Microsoft Volume License customers, it is not available for retail purchase.

More information about the feature set of each SKU can be found at the Windows Vista: Editions page or from the Windows Vista Product Guide starting in Section 2 (Page 7).

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