MS leaks Vista pricing

Microsoft Vista isn't out yet, but there's already been a slip in prices -- so to speak.

A Web page listing the prices of Vista went live today on Microsoft's Canadian Web site, according to an IDGNS reports.

It wasn't up for long, but Ed Bott, a blogger at ZDNet, had enough time to record all the prices, listed in Canadian loonies. (That's dollars for those who don't speak Canadian, eh?)

Here's the price list of the six versions of the forthcoming operating system:

Full versions (all prices Canadian)

Windows Vista Ultimate $499

Windows XP Professional w/SP2 $429

Windows Vista Business $379

Windows Vista Home Premium $299

Windows Vista Home Basic $259

Windows XP Home w/SP2 $259

Upgrade versions (all prices Canadian)

Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade $299

Windows XP Professional w/SP2 Upgrade $259

Windows Vista Business Upgrade $249

Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade $199

Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade $129

Windows XP Home w/SP2 Upgrade $129

Bott stresses that converting those figures to American dollars wouldn't provide an accurate estimate of what Vista will cost in the States. "You'll get a much more accurate picture by doing what I've done, which is to compare the relative prices of the new Vista versions to current XP versions and then make similar adjustments to the U.S. price list."

He took a shot at estimating using the aforementioned approach, and came up with the following. (The first figure is the flat cost; the second is the upgrade fee):

Windows Vista Ultimate $349/$199

Windows Vista Business $269/179

Windows Vista Home Premium $239/$139

Windows Vista Home Basic $199/$99

Microsoft isn't the first well-known company to recently and unintentionally make public information on its Web site. Amazon.com did it last week, exposing screens of what could be a forthcoming video-download service.

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