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