Want to know how much Vista will cost when it’s released? Microsoft isn’t talking, but if you check out the Amazon pages for Vista, you’ll find the pricing revealed, in black and white.
According to this Amazon page, the Vista Ultimate upgrade will cost $259 from Amazon. Similar pages for other versions of Vista show that Home Basic upgrade will sell for $99.95, and the Home Premium upgrade will cost $239.
If these numbers remain, those are pretty hefty selling prices. It’s pointless to upgrade to Home Basic, because it lacks so many Vista features, and few people will want it. So you’re talking at least $239 for a usable version of Vista.
I’ve been beta testing Vista for some time, and am in the middle of writing Windows Vista in a Nutshell. So I can vouch there’s plenty good in the new operating system. It’s worth the price of the upgrade, but I wish that Microsoft would trim the costs a bit.
One more interesting piece of news from the Amazon Vista listings — the release dates are January 30, 2007, which is the date Microsoft has been talking about. So it appears that Vista may well be on track.