Windows Vista Pricing Leaked

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by Blue Velvet, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Apologies if someone has already posted this but just spotted this in Google News. Please note that many of the prices quoted are either in Canadian or Australian dollars.,7204,20291440^15321^^nbv^,00.html

    If these reports turn out to have any basis in reality, please let's not hear any more complaining about how expensive OSX is.

    Edit: More links...
  2. macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    My $129 dollar investment in Leopard is going to look like even more of a steal ... :D
  3. thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Especially for those who think that they're going to get Aero for peanuts.

    I'm well aware that the majority of people are going to get Vista when they buy new machines next year or so, but which of these versions are they going to get?
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Very likely home platinum, possibly professional if they are buying a expensive high end machine.

    MS has spread their lineup to thin, $500 for the ultimate every 5-10 years, I would rather got the apple route, $130 for the entire thing every few years and at least I feel continues advances than one big bang.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    Microsoft surely want to go for the easy-to-use appeal, but with just so many upgrade options, people are going to be confused from the onset. I really should apply for a Microsoft marketing position, I could take the company places (although it'd compete with the superior OS, i could make a lot of money in the mean time :p)
  6. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Yep, more than twice as much as OSX ($199) costs. And that's for XP... :eek:

    Actually, at $579 Vista Ultimate is ~3x more expensive than OSX. That's just crazy.
  7. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Windows Vista Pricing Leaked


    Yesterday, Microsoft inadvertently released the pricing of its upcoming OS called Vista on their Canadian website. The prices were picked up by the NeoWin blog and are also neatly layed out at Wikipedia.

    Vista Home Premium will retail for $239, with upgrades available for $159. Additional licenses will be available for discounts as well. Vista Home Premium edition has evolved from XP Professional, Media Center, and Tablet product lines, and probably is also the edition which can most closely be compared to Mac OS X.

    Many comparisons have been made between Vista and Mac OS X, and with many expecting Apple to continue its pricing tradition of $129 for Leopard (Mac OS 10.5), further comparisons can be made on price as well.

    All prices in USD
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2003
  10. macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    yup..expensive for something that is lagging way behind what we already have and what we have...costs lower :)

    my God windoze sucks.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    You mean Home Premium? :confused:
  12. macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I sure hope my college gives out free upgrades like they did with XP Pro, because $239 is a LOT to spend on an OS!:eek:

    (and no, after the DLhell from doing an upgrade from 98 to XP, I would never go the upgrade route again)
  13. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    bodes well for Linux and OS X...

    I wonder what MS is doing in Vista to prevent piracy? At that price I'm sure a lot of people will be tempted to pirate it.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    At that price, I hope Apple considers preinstalling Vista on its machines.

    240 bucks for Boot Camp is ludacris, when you'll probably hardly use it anyway...
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    Seems cheap to me. I'll be there to get my copy day one. I think it's going to be a leap over XP.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2005
  17. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    According to the Wikipedia article, a Home Basic upgrade is only $99.95, which is cheaper than the standard $129 for OS X releases. Then again, education customers can often get Mac OS for around $70 in some cases, if I'm not mistaken. I don't know if there will be education discounts for Vista or how much they will be. With so many versions and price points for Vista and an unknown price tag for Leopard, it's very complicated to make comparisons...

    Now one of the big questions is, who can get a Home Basic upgrade and how much are Home Basic users missing out on if they get that as opposed to Aero, etc.? No one knows for sure all the details at this point and we won't know for sure until official announcements are made. Although I would take OS X over Windows any day, we have to be cautious I think before saying Mac's upgrades are cheaper than Windows'. It looks like in many cases they will be, but not necessarily in all cases.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Is that a general use of the term "crap?" As in "all that crap?" Or is it specific to Windows as crap?" As in, "Vista is a singular pile of crap, left on my lawn by the next door neighbor's dog." :D

    Sorry, I just woke up.:eek:
  19. macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2004
    Now only if Apple comes out with $99 for Leopard...:)
  20. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Yeah, but Home Basic is crap.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2006
    I got a free copy of XP Pro from my university with MSDA-AA licence. Hopefully they'll be doing the same with Vista so I can have a macbook with tiger and vista dual booting - sounds fun.
  22. macrumors G5


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    Note that the Windows 98 -> Windows XP "upgrade" was roughly the same as upgrading from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS 10.1. XP was a completely different codebase and layout from Win9x.

    An XP -> Vista upgrade is an upgrade from one version of NT to the next version of NT. Microsoft has a much better track record at NT upgrades.

    (The system that I'm on now started life in 1997 as a Windows NT 4 SP3 system. It's been upgraded to NT4 SPs, Win2K beta, Win2K RCs, Win2K SPs, WinXP betas, WinXP RCs, WinXP SPs, and soon I'll put the Vista RC on it... Never re-installed, never re-formatted.)
  23. macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2006
    at large
    Those prices seem inline with the current cost of XP Pro.

    $299 list, $250 amazon, $135 newegg oem

    Would like to see Apple offer it installed for $99
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    How so?
  25. macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2005
    Issaquah, WA
    You are mixing apples and oranges here sport. Vista BASIC does not have any comparison in the Apple world. You have to compare the Premium version of Vista.

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