Amazon.com lists Vista prices, ship date

Amazon.com has listed the pricing and availability of Vista on its online retail site.

Consumers will have to wait until the end of January for Windows Vista if the availability for the OS listed on Amazon.com's Web site is accurate.

On Web pages taking pre-orders for consumer versions of Vista, Amazon.com lists Jan. 30, 2007, as the date the OS will be shipping.

Amazon.com also lists prices for the three consumer versions of Windows Vista -- Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate -- as well as for Windows Vista Business edition. Pricing for upgrades to each of the editions also is listed on the site.

According to Amazon.com, Windows Vista Home Basic will cost US$199 for a new copy and US$99.95 for an upgrade. Windows Vista Home Premium, a step above Home Basic in functionality, will sell for US$239 for a new version and US$159 for an upgrade. And Windows Vista Ultimate, the highest-end version of Vista for consumers, will cost US$399 for a new copy and US$259 for an upgrade, according to Amazon.com. Windows Vista Business will cost US$299, while an upgrade will sell for US$199.

Microsoft has said it will make consumer versions of Vista available in January, but it has not given a specific date or announced prices for the various versions of the OS. On Tuesday, in a statement sent by e-mail sent through its public relations firm, the company still would not confirm exact availability or pricing for Vista.

On Monday, Microsoft acknowledged that it inadvertently posted Canadian pricing for Vista on its Canadian Web site and then pulled the price list from the site when the information was reported in the media. Converted to U.S. dollars, the prices for Vista in Canada were higher than the U.S. prices listed on Amazon.com's Web site.

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Elizabeth Montalbano

IDG News Service

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