Final Vista prices? Don't buy that bogus list

Final Vista prices? Don't buy that bogus list

Summary: A list of rumored "final retail prices" for Windows Vista is bouncing around the Internet like a SuperBall. Don't believe it.

TOPICS: Windows

Update 28-Aug: Vista prices revealed! Microsoft Canada has published a retail price list for Windows Vista, apparently by accident. It offers some important clues to what the final prices will be. (Hint: some Windows customers will pay less than they do today for XP.)

With Windows Vista Beta 2 just around the corner, the silly season has begun. This list of rumored retail prices for Windows Vista is bouncing around the Internet like a SuperBall. Its provenance is dubious, and the original source, an obscure German blog, hasn't exactly earned a reputation as a top-flight source. (Update Monday 22-May, 6:30AM PDT: MSBlog has removed the original post and replaced it with a note that refers to "public flaming"; the original list is still available at Microsoft News Tracker.)

Update 2, Monday 22-May 8:47AM PST. Rather than publish a correction, has deleted their original post and all comments. For the historical record, here's the original list they posted:

Windows Vista Home Basic
200 euros or 255.55$ or 135.95 pounds

Windows Vista Home Premium
400 euros or 511.10$ or 271.90 pounds

Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
500 euros or 638.88$ or 339.87 pounds

Windows Vista Business
650 euros or 830.54$ or 441.84 pounds

Windows Vista Enterprise
800 euros or 1,022.20$ or 543.80 pounds

In fact, this list doesn't even come close to passing the smell test. Here are the two factoids that make it almost certain to be a fraud:

According to this list, the Business Edition is going to cost a whopping 650 euros (about $830). That's way more than the street price of Small Business Server 2003. The idea that a desktop operating system for cash-strapped small businesses will cost more than a server product is ridiculous. In fact, according to this report, the Business Edition is going to cost 30% more than Ultimate Edition. That's insane.

And the list includes one price that simply can't exist. According to this list, the retail package of Vista Enterprise Edition will cost over $1000. The problem? Enterprise Edition won't be sold in a retail package. It's available only for organizations that buy licenses in bulk under the Microsoft Software Assurance program or a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.

If this is any indication of what lies in store for the rest of the week, I think I'll need a bigger shovel.

Topic: Windows

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  • Thanks for the link to a password protected post...

    • Blame the original poster

      The original post was public when I wrote this item. The people who passed it along decided to remove it rather than admit that they published a crock of BS.

      You can see the numbers from the original post at the Microsoft News Tracker site, which I linked in the update above.
      Ed Bott
  • Something's rotten in Germany...

    I can see Microsoft charging as much and maybe a bit more than they're charging for XP - but these prices are insanely rediculous! I just can't see MS jacking the price THAT much - given Linux is making inroads and is as cheap (or free) as it is.
  • Basic business economics says its wrong

    Microsoft has pushed a pile of cash and time into Vista development and it would be a bizarre situation if they were not at least shooting for a feeding frenzy on its release.
    If they are charging anything close to $255 for the basic edition they would with out any doubt stifle sales far below what would even be considered to be a rather ?cool? reception. Just discussing the upcoming release of Vista with a number of people indicates that there will be precious few copies purchased for upgrading from XP if the cost for basic even hits $150.