Microsoft will be releasing Windows Vista, it’s newest (long awaited) operating system (OS) on January 30, 2007 to consumers. For those of you adventurous enough to purchase the new Windows OS, Microsoft has announced 3 methods to buy, upgrade or license multiple copies of Windows Vista once it’s released to provide customers with more flexibility obtaining the version that meets their needs: Windows anytime upgrade, Windows Vista family discount and Windows marketplace. Windows Vista is expected to retail for $100.00 to $400.00 depending on which version you get.
Windows Vista will be available in 6 versions:
- Windows Vista Home Basic – for basic home needs such as email and internet access
- Windows Vista Home Premium – for the best home computing and entertainment
- Windows Vista Business – for small and mid-sized organizations
- Windows Vista Ultimate – for work and entertainment, the most complete edition
- Windows Vista Enterprise Edition – designed to help global organizations and enterprises with complex IT infrastructures lower IT costs, reduce risk, and stay connected. It also provides higher levels of data protection using hardware-based encryption technology (only available to volume license customers with PCs covered by Microsoft Software Assurance)
- Windows Vista Starter – not currently scheduled to be available in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, or other high income markets as defined by the World Bank.
Note: Windows Vista Enterprise and Starter editions are not part of Windows Anytime upgrade.