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Windows Vista Goes Gold

by Rainier on Nov. 8, 2006 @ 11:43 a.m. PST

In a press conference earlier today Microsoft's Jim Allchin announced that its Windows Vista OS is ready and has been sent to manufacturing for public release on January 30, 2007. Windows Vista is "the most heavily tested, highest quality and most secure operating system in the company’s history."

Windows Vista will be available in 4 retail versions:

  • Vista Home Basic, $199/$99.95 (full/upgrade): Provides a basic platform for home users who want to keep tabs on email and Internet activity. Comes standard with Vista's new Search Explorer, Sidebar and Parental Controls.
  • Vista Home Premium, $239/$159 : Builds on Home Basic by adding the Windows Aero interface, Windows Media Center functionality, Windows Tablet PC technology and integrated DVD burning.
  • Vista Business, $299/$199 : Supports the Aero user interface, offers improved document managing and Windows Tablet PC functionality.
  • Vista Ultimate, $399/$259 : Vista Ultimate combines the functionality of Vista Home Premium and Vista Business.

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