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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Discrepancies on "Leaked" Windows Vista Pricing


Yesterday we had the pricing of Windows Vista get "leaked out," and it is all over the web today. We found a table here, and you can determine if it is valid. It was found on CNET and ZDNet was sourced.

Unfortunately the two sources here each have different prices and we have not seen a formal press release from Microsoft with the exact numbers yet, so it is hard to know which is right. Knowing corporate America you also have to wonder if EITHER pricing list is accurate.

Dailytech.com has an article showing the following:

Ed Bott's Microsoft Report initially discovered that Microsoft's Canadian site had revealed pricing for the numerous Vista versions. US pricing was found on Amazon's website (full/upgrade):

-Windows Vista Home Basic, $199/$99.95
-Windows Vista Home Premium, $239/$159
-Windows Vista Business, $299/$199
-Windows Vista Ultimate, $399/$259

Amazon also listed the shipping date as January 30 2007. The telegraphed date that Microsoft has been maintaining is "January retail launch for Vista."

You can start getting out your calculators for this and start inputting some hypothetical estimates per version of 18 million units here, 12 million there, 16 million between these, and the like and you will start seeing some very rough and wide-ranged calculations about what this may add to calendar 2007 revenues and 2008 revenues.

Here is a copy/paste of what was on the Amazon website:

1.
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate DVD-Rom
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate DVD-Rom (Windows XP)

Buy new: $399.00 Available for Pre-order
2.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium DVD-Rom
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium DVD-Rom (Windows XP)

Buy new: $239.00 Available for Pre-order
3.
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade DVD-Rom
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade DVD-Rom (Windows XP)

Buy new: $259.00 Available for Pre-order
4.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade DVD-Rom
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade DVD-Rom (Windows XP)

Buy new: $159.00 Available for Pre-order
5.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Microsoft License Pack Additional License
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Microsoft License Pack Additional License (Windows XP)

Buy new: $215.00 Available for Pre-order
6.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade DVD-Rom
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade DVD-Rom (Windows XP)


Used & new from $99.95
7.
Microsoft Windows Vista Business Upgrade Microsoft License Pack Additional License
Microsoft Windows Vista Business Upgrade Microsoft License Pack Additional License (Windows XP)


Used & new from $179.00
8.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade Microsoft License Pack Additional License
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade Microsoft License Pack Additional License (Windows XP)

Buy new: $89.95 Available for Pre-order
9.
Microsoft Windows Vista Business Upgrade DVD-Rom
Microsoft Windows Vista Business Upgrade DVD-Rom (Windows XP)

Buy new: $199.00 Available for Pre-order
10.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Microsoft License Pack Additional License
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Microsoft License Pack Additional License (Windows XP)

Buy new: $179.00 Available for Pre-order
11.
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Microsoft License Pack Additional License
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Microsoft License Pack Additional License (Windows XP)

Buy new: $359.00 Available for Pre-order
12.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade Microsoft License Pack Additional License
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade Microsoft License Pack Additional License (Windows XP)

Buy new: $143.00 Available for Pre-order

We have to unfortunately wait to see which pricing is accurate before making any calculations, and you need to always keep it in your mind that companies often "leak" out misinformation as a test basis to see how the public and how the street reacts to a pricing set on a new expected product. It is unknown if that is the case here, but remember we are referring to the Big Brother equivalent of the software world.

Jon C. Ogg
August 29, 2006
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