- Vista Home Basic: $99.95 for upgrade, $199 for the full version;
- Vista Home Premium: $159 for upgrade, $239 for the full version;
- Vista Ultimate: $259 for upgrade, $399 for the full version;
- Vista Business: $199 for upgrade, $299 for the full version; and
- Vista Enterprise: available for Microsoft Volume license customers, and not available for retail purchase.
I think Microsoft is moving down the wrong direction with all these versions. Confusion is certain to set in, and they may well dilute the Vista brand in general. One of my businesses is a technology consulting and software firm, and I am already dreading all the calls from clients wanting me to explain what all these Vista differences are, and worse yet, figuring out whether their machines will be able to run the various versions, and so on.
This may well be a good time to look at Apple OS-X 10.5!
I need to do some playing around with the Vista Beta first I guess, but I personally see no compelling reason to upgrade from Windows XP at the moment. And, I am quite happy with Suse Linux 10.1 for many of my daily activities. I have a feeling others are going to be hard-pressed to upgrade as well.