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The Newest Windows Nears General Availability

The release of the latest Windows operating system now glimmers on the horizon. On Friday, September 1st Microsoft rolled the Release Candidate 1 version of their Windows Vista operating system out to TechNet subscribers and members of the early Technology Adoption Program (TAP). A Release Candidate is an early version of the software submitted to partners and testers for an initial review. Over the next few months revisions will be made to the Vista software based on findings from testing the RC1 version. Early response from Windows partners indicates that Windows Vista has made some great improvements from the Beta 2 release, but does not appear as though it will be ready for the proposed fall release.

This week Microsoft will make a test version of Vista generally available by reopening the Customer Preview Program to new participants. Those who had previously downloaded and installed the Beta 2 version of the software will be receiving email instructions for updating to the latest release of the Vista test version.

Microsoft’s Vista operating system is the first major update to the venerable Windows platform in five years. Recently, pricing for the various Vista software packages was leaked first unintentionally by Microsoft Canada, then by Amazon.com. Microsoft has officially announced the prices for both the full and upgrade versions of Windows Vista. Prices announced by Microsoft are given below:

Vista Home Basic

 

    • Retail: $199

 

  • Upgrade: $99


Vista Home Premium

    • Retail: $239

 

  • Upgrade: $159


Vista Business

    • Retail: $299

 

  • Upgrade: $199


Vista Ultimate

    • Retail: $399

 

  • Upgrade: $259
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