Will Vista prices be on a par with XP’s everywhere?

by admin December 2, 2006 at 3:05 am

Even though the Windows Vista versions don’t match up exactly, feature for feature, with the comparable XP ones, Microsoft has held retail pricing fairly constant, officials have said. (And ditto for volume-license pricing, according to the Softies.)

Outside the U.S., however, it seems customers are going to be charged quite a bit more for Vista than XP, according to early data from Australia and Germany.

In the U.S., Vista Home Basic is selling for $199 (estimated retail price). In Germany, Vista Home Basic will set you back 210 Euros, or $278 U.S., according to information compiled by Sandro Villinger, Webmaster of the Windows Tweaks Web site.

Vista Business, which sells for $299 estimated retail price (ERP) in the U.S., will cost $452 U.S. in Germany, Villinger found. And Windows Vista Ultimate, which goes for $399 in the U.S., will cost the equivalent of $602 U.S., Villinger said.

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