The Channel logo

News

By | Bill Ray 29th February 2008 15:27

Microsoft cuts Vista price

Cheap enough now?

Microsoft is knocking $80 off the price of the US edition of Windows Vista Ultimate from $399 to $319, and the Home Premium edition falls $30 from $159 to $129.

Price cuts in the rest of the world are expected to follow real soon.

Vista has been on the market for about a year now, so a price cut is unsurprising.

This cut only affects the boxed edition of Vista - more than 90 percent of Vista sales come pre-installed on new PCs at a price negotiated between Microsoft and the PC vendor.

It's hard to believe that millions of Windows XP users were just waiting for Vista to get a little cheaper before committing themselves. Most users will hold off upgrading until they see Vista-only versions of their favourite applications, and right now that logic makes the jump to XP hardly worth it, let alone the leap into Vista. ®

comment icon Read 88 comments on this article alert Send corrections

Opinion

Alexandre Mesguich

Change is order of day as tech giants shift strategy gears
Partnership

Frank Jennings

Confused? No problem, we have 5, no 6, no 7... lots of standards

Chris Mellor

VC sequence could end not with a bang, but a whimper
Sad man stares glumly over boxed contents of desk. Image via shutterstock (Baranq)

Features

money trap conceptual illustration
Big boys snare the unwary with too-good-to-be-true deals
Angus Highland cow
Pet carriers not wanted for whitebox stampede
FBcoldstoragearray
Sorry OpenStack and Open Compute, we're not all Facebook
Gary Kovacs, CEO of AVG. Pic: World Economic Forum
Scammy download sites? Government snooping? Run of the mill for Gary Kovacs