Vista Goes on Sale on Amazon.com (CNNMoney.com)

Vista Goes on Sale on Amazon.com (CNNMoney.com)

Post by mike9003 » Thu, 31 Aug 2006 08:28:19


Microsoft Windows Vista goes on sale at Amazon

Software giant still has not set a release date for the new version of
Windows, which sits on more than 90 percent of the world's personal
computers.
August 29 2006: 4:43 PM EDT


BOSTON (Reuters) -- Amazon.com has started taking early orders for
Microsoft's long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, offering
versions of the product from $100 to $399.

The retailer's Web site said the software will be available on Jan. 30,
and an Amazon (Charts) spokesman said on Tuesday the date was an
estimate based on informal conversations with Microsoft and others in
the computer industry.

Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos declined to comment on Amazon's
pre-sale, saying the software maker is still finalizing its pricing
model. It has not set a release date for the new version of Windows,
which sits on more than 90 percent of the world's personal computers.

Microsoft has repeatedly postponed the release of Windows Vista, which
is already five years in the making. Quality assurance delays have put
off the consumer version of Vista until early 2007 - after the crucial
holiday shopping season. Vista is due to ship to corporate customers in
November.

Goldman Sachs analyst Rick Sherlund said in a note to clients that
Amazon's pricing on high-end versions of the software was above his
forecasts.

Vista will be sold in more versions than Microsoft's current Windows XP
operating system, with different lines targeted at consumers and
businesses.

Amazon's pricing ranges from $100 for a basic upgrade version of
Windows to $399 for a full "ultimate" version of the operating system,
according to the retailer's Web site.

"The pricing of higher-end versions, which we believe will be more
popular than the lower-end versions, may be more significant and longer
lasting than the incremental upgrade revenues that have been of
greatest focus by analysts," Sherlund said in his note.

Sherlund also said that a Jan. 30 release date would be about two
months ahead of what he was expecting.

Microsoft (Charts) shares fell 0.4 percent on Nasdaq.


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