Vista price cuts

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    Guest Guest

    Vista prices cut by as much as 48%, but not in U.S.
    Prices for the OS will be trimmed 15% to 20% in the U.S.
    By Gregg Keizer

    February 29, 2008 (Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. is cutting the retail
    price of its Windows Vista operating system by as much as 20% in the U.S.,
    but will slash at least some versions' price tags by more than 46% in both
    the U.K. and the European Union, the company confirmed today.

    Late Thursday, Microsoft announced sweeping price cuts to boxed copies of
    Vista, saying then that the cuts would range from as low as 3% in developed
    countries to nearly 50% for some editions sold in poorer nations.

    But by the numbers that Microsoft released today, even customers in Western
    Europe — France, Germany, Spain and the U.K., among others — will also see
    prices fall by nearly half.
    Guest, Mar 2, 2008
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    Bo Persson Guest

    Have you checked the prices recently?

    Windows Vista Ultimate $329.99 (US) or €478.45 (Germany)

    Guess which version is in most need of a price cut? :)

    Bo Persson
    Bo Persson, Mar 2, 2008
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    Allan Guest

    They are not the same; the European version must comply with competion
    (anti-trust) regulation that prohibits WMP bundling and other practices.
    I guess the U.S. version should cost more, not less.
    Allan, Mar 2, 2008
  4. No, the edition pictured is not the N edition (no WMP). Customers may buy
    be the regular edition or the N edition. Few buy the N edition. The
    requirement was that MS offer an edition without WMP, that's all.
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 2, 2008
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    Tony Harding Guest

    I suppose the US versions would cost more if the software in question
    had any value (IIRC Internet Explorer must also not be integrated along
    with WMP). ;)
    Tony Harding, Mar 2, 2008
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    Tony Harding Guest

    There was a longer piece on this recently in the NY Times:

    February 29, 2008, 12:02 pm
    Vista’s Price Falls; How Long Before Yahoo’s Price Rises?

    By Saul Hansell

    If you want to understand Microsoft’s motivation for buying Yahoo, look
    at the price cuts announced today for Windows Vista. (Stay with me on this.)

    The price cuts for boxed copies of Vista are especially big in
    developing countries, where users will be able to buy full versions of
    the operating system for the price they would have paid for an upgrade.
    (The better to prevent piracy, Microsoft says.)

    In the United States, the main difference will be with the Premium
    edition (now $129 instead of $159) and the Ultimate ($219, down from $299).

    Microsoft says the cuts are meant to lift sales in retail stores, a
    small segment of the Windows market. The vast majority of operating
    systems, of course, are sold bundled with computers.

    Microsoft’s many critics are gloating that this shows Vista shipped with
    far more bugs than features.

    No matter how good Vista may be, there is another force at work here:
    The price people are willing to pay for software is coming down.

    A software package — even an operating system — seems out of whack at
    $299 or even $159, when there is so much that can now be done free over
    the Web or through free downloads like iTunes and Google’s Picasa. Those
    prices also don’t really jibe with the cost of personal computers, which
    now start at $500.

    Microsoft itself has already confronted this by creating the “Student
    and Teacher” version of Office. Now you can buy Word, Excel and
    PowerPoint (not Outlook) for $129 (plus whatever guilt you feel as you
    justify the purchase by saying that your spinning class at the gym makes
    you a student).

    One look at Microsoft’s high profit margins certainly raises questions
    about how long this business model can continue before someone creates a
    more efficient model. The combination of the open source movement, the
    Web, and the advertising-supported software model epitomized by Google
    are starting to have the long-predicted effect.

    So while the prices Microsoft can charge for its boxed software may be
    falling, the price it will pay for its own Web software and advertising
    play — Yahoo — is likely to rise.

    Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company
    Tony Harding, Mar 2, 2008
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    Jud Hendrix Guest

    Best not to buy it, to force the price down to the same as in the US. The
    dollar is sliding every day against the Euro, but the price still stays
    much higher. We're considering of implementing our renderfarm on Linux now,
    because it's a lot cheaper. Even these price-cuts won't really make it

    Jud Hendrix, Mar 4, 2008
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    Allan Guest

    Then the two products are the same basically but the European price is
    higher nonetheless. Retail buyers prefer the regular (non-N) edition which
    seems to undermine the competition commission's position, regardless of the
    legal basis for it.
    Allan, Mar 4, 2008
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    Bo Persson Guest

    There is no legal requirements to either sell or buy any specific
    version, only that Microsoft has to provide the N version.

    As the price is the same, there is no good reason to have both in
    stock. Any person knowledable enough to tell the difference, can
    easily fix the installation anyway, by uninstalling WMP. Who else

    Bo Persson
    Bo Persson, Mar 4, 2008
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    xGamer Guest

    xGamer, Mar 10, 2008
  11. Colin Barnhorst, Mar 10, 2008
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    Bolshoi Guest

    Why the hell would I want to? Can't do anything with it
    Bolshoi, Mar 12, 2008
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    frogger Guest

    .... and then what?
    frogger, Mar 12, 2008
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