Got an email this morning from Amazon.com advertising the upcoming availability on the 30th of the month of Windows Vista and Office 2007 for folks who want to pick them up. I thought it was interesting to note that the email only advertised three of the possible versions of Vista: Vista Home Premium Upgrade, Vista Business Upgrade, and Vista Ultimate Upgrade. Those will set you back $154.99, $194.99, and $249.99 respectively and require you to have A) a legit copy of Windows XP or Windows 2000 and B) a DVD drive as I don’t see any packages offering CDs listed.
If you do a search on Amazon.com you’ll find that the other versions of Vista including the non-upgrade versions are listed as well. One big surprise I didn’t expect, however, is the fact that Microsoft is actually making available the option to purchase multiple licenses for Vista to the home user at a small discount. For example I saw a listing for a Vista Home Premium Upgrade Additional License Pack with a price of $143.00 making for a whole $11.99 in savings. That’s mighty generous of Microsoft, eh? Still, I suppose any discount is better than no discount though I’d imagine some folks will spend the extra bucks just to have two copies of the media on hand.
I’ll eventually be moving my PC to Vista in part because I’m a PC Systems Administrator so it’d probably behoove me to be familiar with the new OS and partly because I participated in a promotion not too long ago from Microsoft that’s supposed to net me a free license for the Business edition. The other two PCs in the family will have to wait a bit until I get a new job. Well, if Courtney wants to buy her own copy then I suppose she might actually be the first to upgrade, but I think she’s fine with XP for right now.