Microsoft discounts Windows Vista

“Microsoft announced its intention to slash the price of its latest OS, unveiled in January 2007,” Max Brenn reports for eFluxMedia.

“Citing as a reason, its desire to urge the adoption of Windows Vista, Microsoft said that the price of its Windows Vista Ultimate, the fully-featured version of the OS, will be $319 instead of $399,” Brenn reports. “Also, those who already own a copy of Windows XP or a version of Windows Vista will pay to upgrade to Ultimate only $219 and not $259.”

“Microsoft will also cut prices for upgrade versions of Vista Home Premium, its mainstream product, to $129 from $159. The price cuts will apply in 73 countries, but they could vary from one country to another,” Brenn reports. “Also, the software giant will stop selling ‘upgrade’ versions of Vista in emerging markets and it will instead sell Vista Home Premium and Home Basic, a stripped-down version, at the upgrade prices.”

Brenn reports, “PC World, the guys behind the ‘top 100 high-tech products of the year,’ has labeled the OS as one of the biggest disappointments of 2007.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “amex” and “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. I like how they use the word “slash” in most articles about this when it’s a measly 20% price cut. When Apple cuts prices, the media says they “lowered” the price even though in many cases they practically cut the price in half. When Microsoft gives you what amounts to your sales tax back on an already overpriced product … it’s “slashing.” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. And in other interesting Redmond news…this found on MacFixit:

    “When selected in the font menu Powerpoint 2008 displays them with a substitute/generic font that looks nothing like the selected font. This occurs without any warning or dialog box that a substitution has occurred.”

    “Upon calling Redmond for help, Microsoft’s Mac Tech Support laughably told me after emailing them a bunch of sample files and enduring several long periods on hold that ‘the engineers writing the program decided no 3rd-party fonts were being supported in Office 2008 and that I could only use Microsoft fonts.'”

    This has to be a joke…I hope

  3. “I think it’s probably important for me to tell our partners that, rest assured, we will never have a gap between Windows releases as long as the one between XP and Windows Vista,” Ballmer told thousands at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Boston.

    “Vista will be out next year. Vista has never been delayed. I mean, we had earlier conceptualizations, but the thing that is Vista is on its track.” – Ballmer

    Pants on fire.

  4. Where is the screaming about this ‘massive’ price cut from the horde of consumers who purchased a shrink-wrapped copy of Vista since its release…err…the dozens of Vista buyers, that is. I don’t see M$ giving out rebates to its early adopters who, by the way, got reamed (unlike the early iPhone buyers, who received the promised quality product).

    I spoke with some more colleagues in the aerospace industry yesterday, and it is clear that the word of Mac is spreading. Many people who gradually migrated to Windows in the mid-1990’s, most of whom were pressured or forced to switch by IT departments and company with Windows and IE-centric policies, are showing interest once again.

  5. Let’s not forget – when Steve lowered the price on the iPhone, it was taken by MS centric pundits as a desperate attempt to stimulate poor sales figures.

    I’m sure that’s not what it means this time, though.

  6. As always Microsoft is looking out for the little guy—in this case graciously lowering prices and all you MAC sheep can do is bitch. The price of entry for the world’s most advanced, secure and easy-to-use OS is less expensive than before. We should all be grateful. Thank you, Microsoft!

    History tells me not to expect Apple to have a good answer to this development as Cupertino has reacted poorly to Microsoft’s shrewd, customer-focused marketing decisions and brilliant innovations in the past. Buh-bye Apple.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  7. If you want a real laugher about Vista, browse through the e-mails that were just released on the Vista capable program fiasco.

    Dell begging MSFT to not go ahead then detailing the post mortem disaster.

    A Microsoft exec getting burned– complaining he’d bought a $2,100 Sony e-mail machine–cause it wouldn’t run Vista!

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