Windows Vista goes gold

By Justin Mann on November 8, 2006, 2:18 PM
It was bound to happen sooner or later, and those of you that have been participating in the betas have seen it be transformed, from its initial release so many years ago. Windows Vista has finally gone gold, five years after Windows XP hit the shelves. Retail availability is a little over 2 months away, businesses availability will be the end of this month and MSDN subscribers will be able to get the final release before the end of this week. Microsoft's site itself has some info on availability, though there's really not a whole lot more to say. Vista Ultimate will still come with a $399 pricetag for retail, and Vista Home Basic will have a $199 pricetag. It was just two days ago that Office 2007 also went gold.




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darkshadoe said:
"Vista Ultimate will still come with a $399 pricetag for retail, and Vista Home Basic will have a $199 pricetag."$399??!! For what? Exactly what is so great about Vista that it justifys that hefty pricetag.
OUTLAWXXX said:
New software and people have to get paid for the work they put into it, don't worry the price will drop down soon enough like everything else does. usually
buttus said:
5 years between OS releases. Wow. I can tell you one thing though. There are many corporate clients that are still extremely PO'd as Microsoft basically stole an additional 34% from companies that purchased Software Assurance from Microsoft when they purchased their Win XP licences. For those that aren't aware, SA was a 2 year licension extension that granted companies the right to any additional OS releases during that time period. However, as mentioned previously there was in fact no additional OS release for 5 years and thus Microsoft got it's money for nothing and it's chicks for free.
captaincranky said:
[b]Originally posted by OUTLAWXXX:[/b][quote]New software and people have to get paid for the work they put into it, don't worry the price will drop down soon enough like everything else does. usually[/quote] I believe that OUTLAWXXX is being a little too optimistic about the price of software dropping. Windows XP home is still selling for close to $200.oo & XP pro close to $300.00. Yes I know about the coupon, but that wasn't offered until very recently. Nobody has broached the subject of OEM Vista. Will this exist from the beginning? Although with Vista's delay and bugs, an OEM copy at Vista's first offering, could be the thing that angels run from, and fools embrace. (No support) Others have postulated that when people stop illegally coping MS's software, then they will lower the price! SAY WHAT? A twitch naive. Nothing is going to turn Microsoft into a benevolent and kindly uncle. Big brother it is and I suspect big brother it will stay. I agree that anyone is worthy of his/her hire, software authors certainly being no exception, but this doesn't explain the time and effort that many talented people have invested to bring us Firefox, Linux and others purely out of generosity and concern.
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