- Vista Pricing Revealed
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- Vista Pricing Revealed
- Microsoft Extends Support for Legacy Products

by Paul Thurrott, thurrott@windowsitpro.com

Vista Pricing Revealed

Online retailer Amazon.com has begun taking preorders for various Windows Vista versions, which will be available January 30, 2007, according to Amazon.com. Not surprisingly, the prices that Amazon.com lists for Vista are quite similar to the roughly equivalent Windows XP versions.

According to Amazon.com, the prices for Vista are as follows:

Vista Home Basic: $199.00
Vista Home Basic Upgrade: $99.95
Vista Home Basic Upgrade (Additional License Only): $89.95

Vista Home Premium: $239.00
Vista Home Premium Upgrade: $159.00
Vista Home Premium Upgrade (Additional License Only): $143.00

Vista Business: $299.00
Vista Business Upgrade: $199.00
Vista Business Upgrade (Additional License Only): $179.00

Vista Ultimate: $399.00
Vista Ultimate Upgrade: $259.00
Vista Ultimate Upgrade (Additional License Only): $233.00

Although not every Vista version correlates exactly with an XP version, the pricing is in line with XP pricing. For example, XP Home costs $189.00, compared with $199.99 for Vista Home Basic, and the XP Home Upgrade costs $89.97, only two cents more than the Vista Home Basic Upgrade. Upsells won't be particularly expensive either: Prices for the much more capable Vista Home Premium are just $40 to $60 higher than those of Vista Home Basic.

Amazon.com doesn't yet show the box art that Microsoft will use for its Vista retail versions. Earlier this week, Microsoft Canada also slipped with a bit of Vista pricing information: The company's Web site briefly reported that Vista Ultimate would cost $450 in Canadian dollars.

Microsoft Extends Support for Legacy Products

On Monday, Microsoft revealed a plan to help its business customers continue to obtain support--often indefinitely--for legacy products. Thanks to a new version of Microsoft's Custom Support Agreement (CSA), the software maker's customers will be able to schedule product migrations based on their own deadlines, assuming they don't mind paying for the privilege.

Microsoft still believes that customers should migrate to new product versions before mainstream support expires. But now, companies can consider the cost of additional support when planning migrations from legacy Microsoft products. The new CSA model also streamlines pricing so that customers pay for only what they need on a per-device basis, Microsoft said.

Previously, customers could enter into a two-year custom support agreement for certain legacy products, after which time there were no more support options. Now, Microsoft has extended this deadline for many, but not all, legacy products. Customers will also need to subscribe to Microsoft's Premier Support Services to obtain support for certain products.

Although many customers will likely celebrate the new support plan, there are still some questions that Microsoft needs to answer. The company hasn't yet clarified which legacy products will be eligible. And as for the length of support, Microsoft said it could be indefinite, assuming sufficient demand.

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