• Pricing For Vista Officially Released

    This morning, Microsoft announced that it has settled on the *official* pricings from each Vista edition, along with saying "plans to broadly release the code to current Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants this week. In addition, Microsoft will reopen the CPP, a popular pre-release testing program, to new enrollments in coming days. In total, Microsoft plans to make Windows Vista RC1 available to more than 5 million customers worldwide."  Here is is the official breakdown of the prices:

    • Business Full - $299
    • Business Upgrade - $199
    • Enterprise - The Windows Vista Enterprise edition is only available to Microsoft Volume License customers, it is not available for retail purchase.
    • Home Premium Full - $239
    • Home Premium Upgrade - $159
    • Home Basic Full - $199
    • Home Basic Upgrade - $99.95
    • Ultimate Full - $399
    • Ultimate Upgrade - $259

    Source: Microsoft

  • Purchase MCE for Free Vista Upgrade

    I was checking out DigiTimes, and came across this story.  This may perk a few people up, and keep others in the wings.  Sound off in the comments section, I'd love to hear what you have to say!

    Most PC buyers need to purchase MCE for free Vista upgrade, PC makers say
    Apple Daily, September 4; Carrie Yu, DigiTimes.com [Monday 4 September 2006]

    Only around 10% of PCs to be shipped in the fourth quarter of this year are equipped with MCE (Windows XP Media Center Edition) and consumers who buy the remaining 90% of PCs will need to purchase MCE to be able to upgrade to the upcoming Vista operating system (OS) for free next year, according to PC makers quoted by the Chinese-language Apple Daily.

    Microsoft has informed PC makers that free upgrades to Vista will only be available for MCE users, the paper said. For Windows XP users, upgrading to the entry-level version of Vista will cost US$116, wile upgrading to the premium version will cost US$269, noted the paper. The cost may affect PC demand through the first quarter of next year, PC makers were quoted by the paper as saying.

  • WMP 11 Beta 2

    Microsoft has now released Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2.  The software package is only available for the US, but the UK should be coming shortly.  This release brings a few new changes.  Here's what's new:

    • Windows Media Connect is now called "Media Sharing"
    • Added eMusic, VidZone and Music Giants to the Online Music Store drop-down
    • UI changes such as the more intuitive shuffle and repeat icons.

    You can get the beta 2 software Here.

  • Windows Vista From An Accessible Point Of View

    As most of you already know, Windows Vista will ship with a highly intuitive Speech Recognition program.  Yes, as I write this, I know many of you are thinking "but the demo went wrong!".  Let's just blame bad accoustics, people.  At any rate, I have used the SR program for many of my articles in the past, and continue to do so.  Recently in The Seattle Times, they ran an article about a young woman living with a brain injury and how SR technology in Vista has made her life easier.

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  • Windows Marketplace Is Updated

    Windows Marketplace has been renovating over the past couple of months and it has finally been unveiled what was behind all of that lovely tarp.  The new site layout is more intuitive, and features a wholly-Vista look and feel.  The significant change is a tool called Digital Locker, which lets you shop the site, input your credit card information, and pay for every piece of software at once without having to go to each developer’s site to pay.  Also included is the ability to retrieve all of your past downloads and CD-keys from what you buy on the site, and being able to see that information anywhere.  Users will now be able to use RSS feeds to get the latest downloads in Games, Mobile Devices, and Security. I think with the overall design scheme, users will be better at navigating the site, and not just immediately delete the Marketplace link in the start menu. Windows Marketplace could become a good contender for buying software without leaving your house.