On my last remaining Windows machine I still have Windows 2000!
According to this post by Ed Bott on his ZDNet Blog, the prices for Windows Vista have been leaked in Canada. This is interesting especially for me here because the Canadian Dollar and Australian Dollars are roughly at parity.
FULL versions (all prices Canadian)
Windows Vista Ultimate $499
Windows XP Professional w/SP2 $429
Windows Vista Business $379
Windows Vista Home Premium $299
Windows Vista Home Basic $259
Windows XP Home w/SP2 $259
UPGRADE versions (all prices Canadian)
Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade $299
Windows XP Professional w/SP2 Upgrade $259
Windows Vista Business Upgrade $249
Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade $199
Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade $129
Windows XP Home w/SP2 Upgrade $129
Without even getting to the bagging out of how bad a marketing scheme 8 billion versions of the one product is going to be and how it will just serve to confuse the public, how the hell can Microsoft justify these exorbitant prices?
I am a Mac OS X and FreeBSD user now, but on my lone Windows machine which I keep for gaming (AMD Athlon XP 2800+) I'll be keeping Windows 2000 for now thanks.