in brief The packaged business version of Microsoft's next-generation operating system Windows Vista is likely to cost AU$565 per seat, according to pricing lists released by the software giant this morning.
Windows Vista is due to be made available to the business community next month, with consumers getting their hands on the operating system in January.
Microsoft's "estimated" retail pricing is as follows for the different versions (each with different functionality) of the operating system in Australian dollars:
- Home Basic: $385
- Home Premium: $455
- Business: $565
- Ultimate: $751
While Microsoft's statement claimed the pricing was comparable to equivalent versions of Windows XP, two large local retailers are currently selling the full version of Windows XP SP2 Home for between $299 and $324, with the upgrade version for $159 to $168. The full professional version of XP is going for between $445 and $478, with the upgrade version for between $295 and $319.