Friday, February 29th 2008

Microsoft Cuts Vista Retail Prices

Microsoft has decided that Windows Vista isn’t flying off the shelves quite as quickly as it would like and has issued a price cut for three of the retail versions of the software. The retail version of Windows Vista Ultimate will see its price fall by $80 from $399 to $319, and the upgrade versions of Vista Ultimate and Home Premium will have price cuts of $40 and $30 respectively, meaning they’ll now set you back $259 and $129. The price cuts will apply to 70 countries world-wide (although figures may vary slightly), and will come into place with the introduction of Service Pack One for Vista. Microsoft has already sold over 100 million copies of the operating system since its release late in 2006, but sales have been hindered slightly by users preferring to stick with Windows XP rather than move to Vista.Source: Reuters
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38 Comments on Microsoft Cuts Vista Retail Prices

#1
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
I wonder if the OEM versions will follow suit?
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#2
niko084
by: Kreij
I wonder if the OEM versions will follow suit?
They will probably see cuts also, but not quite as much.
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#3
WhiteLotus
YAY!!! When this happens, i'll be going vista home premium.
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#4
das müffin mann
i suppose i'll finally put vista on my gaming rig, maybe...
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#5
happita
Meh, prices don't even matter to me considering there are still issues with some dx9 games. When Vista gets more compatibility with more games, then I am not switching no matter how much they cut the price.
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#6
mdm-adph
by: Kreij
I wonder if the OEM versions will follow suit?
What, you mean from practically free, where they are now? :laugh:
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#7
jydie
Eh... I will continue using XP. I really wish the game developers would offer compatibility with Linux. I would love to forget Windows alltogether and go with Ubuntu or some other Linux OS.
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#8
das müffin mann
by: jydie
Eh... I will continue using XP. I really wish the game developers would offer compatibility with Linux. I would love to forget Windows alltogether and go with Ubuntu or some other Linux OS.
well it would be nice it couldn't really happen
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#9
mdm-adph
by: das müffin mann
well it would be nice it couldn't really happen
Yes, it could. (Use OpenGL.)

No, it probably won't. Get it right. ;)
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#10
Azazel
hehe...i just got vista :) meh... oh well...
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#11
powerspec
Im still not going to buy it.... I'll stick to my windows xp.
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#12
bruins004
by: powerspec
Im still not going to buy it.... I'll stick to my windows xp.
Yea I agree.
Why spend money when I already have an OS with less bugs and its compatable with all of my games.
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#13
Psychoholic
I use vista 64bit business edition that I got through school, and i absolutely love it, it performs better than xp did on my rig, or so it seems. Never had an issue with anything on it.
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#14
Ben Clarke
And over here in England, we'll see price cuts of 80p.
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#15
WhiteLotus
by: Ben Clarke
And over here in England, we'll see price cuts of 80p.
if we're lucky :laugh:
...we really do get bent over
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#16
Triprift
Yeah go with Vista lads and gals ya wont regret it and 80p off bargain.
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#17
1c3d0g
by: WhiteLotus
if we're lucky :laugh:
...we really do get bent over
So move elsewhere. ;)
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#18
ShadowFold
I hope Vista x64 is 50-60$ :) I would buy that!
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#19
CargoX
Vista is absolute pants. I wouldn't use it if it was free. And then only if forced to (which will happen eventually is MS has it's way).

I just pulled a new Compaq F750 (VHomePrem) notebook out and thought, meh, let's see what this vista install looks like. It can't be that bad right?
O M F G run away, run away.
There is no way that anyone can actually like this.

Thankfully a good lad has put together the XP driver pack for it, so it's going to get wiped soon.
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#20
[I.R.A]_FBi
change of price does not a less of a turd operating system make ....
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#21
FatForester
Hey, I just bought a copy of Vista Business for 20 bucks with the IEEE + Student discount today... take that MS!
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#22
effmaster
by: [I.R.A]_FBi
change of price does not a less of a turd operating system make ....
Vista is better in so many ways. Sure there may be problems that many people do not like about it. But overall I think the public just doesnt wanna deal with all the incompatibilities that the first version of any OS ever has. Microsoft has the most ground that they have to cover in terms of compatibility with their OS than any other OS out there on this planet. Seriously give them a break already guys. Their trying hard to make everything compatible with ther OS as best they can. Meh I havent had any problems with Vista as of yet, that really werent caused by the OS itself. Yes things have happened with my OS on my computer but thats because I deleted stuff that I shouldnt have deleted on the computer lol.:shadedshu:shadedshu
Dont do as I did people. Control Panel isnt always your nicest friend in Windows Vista. But I still prefer Vista to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEAGmBRC1dc&mode=related&search
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#23
Eric3988
Does this want to make me buy an unstable and incompatible OS? I think not!
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#24
evil bill
by: Ben Clarke
And over here in England, we'll see price cuts of 80p.
don't be daft - they will probably put it UP by 80p.

I have to be honest, I put Vista Home Premium 64bit on my new build PC the other week and its has been absolutley spot on. Sure, I would probably get better benchmarks and FPS in games under XP but is has been ultra stable and I have had no compatiblity issues.

I dare say many of its detractors haven't even used it. I like it. I had thought about sticking XP on my spare HDD and dual booting but I dont see the point now. As has been said before, these arguments spring up whenever a new OS comes out. In a few years time we will be moaning about Windows 7, and waxing lyrical about how awesome and stable Vista is.
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