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SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. is considering discounts or other promotions during the holidays to entice consumers to upgrade their PCs with Windows Vista, even though the new operating system isn't due to hit store shelves until January at the earliest.

Any end-of-the-year effort to spur PC purchases would likely please many retailers and computer manufacturers, who fear disappointing sales during the crucial holiday as consumers wait for the highly anticipated and long-delayed software.

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Online retailer Amazon.com has begun to accept pre-orders for Windows Vista, which it says "will be released on January 30, 2007." The company is charging $399 USD for the Ultimate Edition of Vista, $239 USD for Home Premium and $199 USD for Home Basic. Vista Business is priced at $299 USD.

While Amazon frequently lists products before they become available and shipping dates are often an estimate, the pricing usually does not change. Microsoft also appears to be planning a new "Additional License" pack to go along with Vista, which includes just a Product Key and enables customers to use Vista on a second computer. On Amazon, however, pricing for the license pack is only $10 to $20 less than the full retail Vista packages.

Source: BetaNews

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add-on to my post above

Windows Vista Home Basic

Windows Vista Home Basic Full: $199.00

Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade: $99.95

Windows Vista Home Basic Full (Additional License Only): $179.00

Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade (Additional License Only): $89.95

Windows Vista Home Premium

Windows Vista Home Premium Full: $239.00

Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade: $159.00

Windows Vista Home Premium Full (Additional License Only): $215.00

Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade (Additional License Only): $143.00

Windows Vista Business

Windows Vista Business Full: $299.00

Windows Vista Business Upgrade: $199.00

Windows Vista Business Full (Additional License Only): $269.00

Windows Vista Business Upgrade (Additional License Only): $179.00

Windows Vista Ultimate

Windows Vista Ultimate Full: $399.00

Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade: $259.00

Windows Vista Ultimate Full (Additional License Only): $359.00

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Windows Vista too expensive says users

An overwhelming majority of users say the prices of the various editions of Windows Vista as posted on a Microsoft website yesterday make the product too expensive, according to a new poll.

Microsoft Canada caused a stir throughout the global Windows user community when it posted a price list in Canadian Dollars of the upcoming Windows Vista operating system on its website.

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Microsoft provided guidance on its planned pricing structure, and what each version would entail (all prices in USD):

- Vista Home Basic: $99.95 for upgrade, $199 for the full version;

- Vista Home Premium: $159 for upgrade, $239 for the full version;

- Vista Ultimate: $259 for upgrade, $399 for the full version;

- Vista Business: $199 for upgrade, $299 for the full version; and

- Vista Enterprise: available for Microsoft Volume license customers, and not available for retail purchase.

source: BetaNews

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