Computing - general 10 Oct 2006 05:11 pm

Windows Vista prices – joke, right?

Windows Vista Home Premium will cost $A455.

This must be some kind of joke. $455 for an operating system for a home computer? I nearly choked on my Fibre Plus when I read that.

Unless there is a SUBSTANTIAL upgrade discount (56% off list will see a retail price of $A200), I reckon the Nerd fleet of computers (2 x desktops and 1 x laptop) will be running Windows XP for a long time to come.

3 Responses to “Windows Vista prices – joke, right?”

  1. on 10 Oct 2006 at 17:44 (Sydney) 1.Neil said …

    You wouldn’t deny Billy Gates a bit more income, would you Richard? 🙂

    Seriously though, the upgrade market is not expected to be huge, and the thinking is the vast majority of home users will get Vista when they buy a new PC (and pay a LOT less than that amount).
    Also, Home Premium is not what most home users will end up with – more like Home Basic…

  2. on 10 Oct 2006 at 17:58 (Sydney) 2.Simon said …

    Reading up on the various Vista versions in APC Oct 06, the strange thing is that Home Basic excludes DVD Burning, DVD Movie Maker and the Aero Glass GUI. Providing a nice opportunity for Dell etc to offer the “upgrade” to Home Premium for a few $$$.

  3. on 10 Oct 2006 at 18:14 (Sydney) 3.Richard said …

    I wouldn’t deny anybody their income for delivering good value. But I cannot conceive as to how anybody could believe that $A455 represnts value for an o/s for a home PC.

    Simon makes a good point about some of the content of Home Premium – I could live without Microsoft’s DVD burning/movie making software. I guess I’ll have to look to see what other parts are left out of the lower versions.

    TBH, if Aero Glass is all that’s on offer, I reckon I’ll just wait… (And yes, I know there’s lots more ‘under the hood’.)