File under: Amazon, Computer, News of the Day, Windows Vista
Amazon.com is now taking preorders for Microsoft Windows Vista. Considering Amazon lists January 30, 2007 as release date, I would say it’s pretty early. Initially scheduled for a 2006 release, Vista’s debut has already been postponed a few times and Microsoft will miss this years holiday shopping season.
Windows Vista is being released in several flavors ranging in price from $99 for the Basic version to $399 for the Ultimate version. As always, “upgrade” versions are about $100 cheaper. AP is reporting that Goldman Sachs analyst Rick Sherlund told his clients that Amazon’s pricing on the higher-end version was above his forecasts. He also through the product won’t be on the market until March. (Update: Microsoft has confirmed that these prices are official)
Having tested Windows Vista, I was impressed by the look, feel, and quality of the user interface. I think expert Windows users may struggle with the simplification of the the OS (particularly folder and file management) but with some customization, users can quickly regain control. I’m not crazy about the User Accounts Control, but thankfully that can be disabled or limited.
Anyway, If you want to be the coolest kid on the block and lock up your copy of Vista today, here are the links.