It was just a rumor. I said it was just a rumor. I reported it as a rumor. I had heard a few months ago that a rumor had surfaced about the pricing for Windows Vista. I had heard that the Home Premiun version (the version I would most likely buy, if I was going to buy Vista at all) was going to cost over $500, which I found ludicrous, and of course I still find it ludicrous.
I was discussing this with someone, and up pops the idea that the price was not out of line. A person actually tried to do the smash 'n' twist with some numbers and make me (who actually has a good, usable portion of the brain I was born with left, such as it is) believe that Microsoft's costs were something like $450 per copy of Vista. This included paying the developers, marketing, packaging, distribution, advertising, profit for the distributors, the electric bill for the lights in the coders' offices, coffee cups, floor wax and apparently everything else except cash register receipt paper and a box of Kleenex! Now I don't know everything (though it might at times seem like I think I do), but I am not so gullible as to believe something like that, especially when the price of an upgrade (which can't cost any less to produce) would cost far less than that $500. But you now how some people just have to disagree with you because they just don't like you or something? Yeah. I pretty much got beat-down hard over my insistence that there's just no way it costs that much per copy.
Well, anyway, something a bit closer to "official" has surfaced about Vista pricing, which indicates that the Home Premium edition will cost $299 ($199 for the upgrade). This is still a bit pricey, but I can sort of see that price as something less than totally unreasonable. In fact, the "Tip-Top" edition (Vista Ultimate) is only going to cost $499. Now of course, this assumes these prices are actually correct, but wow, I wonder if Microsoft (and their shareholders) know that there are those among us who believe they're going to be losing between $150 and $250 per copy of Vista? That's just laughable.
I still don't know if it's going to really be worth it to move to Vista, but now it's no longer about the price, it's more about whether the new features are worth the money. Of course, with a new computer it's not much of a question, but I am seriously thinking of building a new compuer soon, and the question of whether to put Vista on it will be relevant. I still don't know if I am personally convinced that it's a good value or not, but at least the prices are closer to reasonable. With discounts (again, assuming accuracy of this information), one might get Vista Home Premium into folks' hands for as little as the $250 range. So much for Microsoft's "costs".