Amazon’s done what Microsoft has so far refused to do, listing pricing and a release date for Vista, the next version of Windows.
The online retailer’s US site says it expects to ship the OS to customers on 30th January 2007, and listed prices that are based on discussions with Microsoft and the rest of the computer industry.
So, what’s the damage likely to be? It depends which version you go for. If you’re a current XP user, the Home Basic edition costs $100 (£53); if you’re starting from scratch it’ll cost you twice that.
A more advanced Premium version, which is more entertainment-focused and will let you do things like record live TV, is listed for $240 (£126), while the Ultimate version, a kind of business and home hybrid affair, is slated for $400 (£210).
These UK conversions are only estimates for now, as a Microsoft spokesperson could only tell us that ‘we are currently finalising our pricing model and will have more to share at a later date’.
If it does arrive in January as planned it’ll probably have to wrestle with Apple’s Leopard, which is rumoured to have built-in Boot Camp for running Windows and Mac OS on the same machine. It’s gonna be one hell of a fight.