Longest Product Name Ever: MWVUULNSE

Microsoft has finally pulled it off, the longest product name ever: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate UPGRADE Limited Numbered Signature Edition. It was so long, I couldn't fit it in the neowin title box by itself. Regardless of how long the name is, I'm sure you can figure out what it all means, but in case you cannot, let me break it down for you. This flavour of Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate is only available as an upgrade, meaning you need to own a previous version of Windows. "Limited Numbered" means there are only 20,000 copies available. "Signature Edition" refers to the fact that the box is signed by Bill Gates. This unique version of Vista is priced at $259 and will become available January 30 along with all the other Vista Editions (minus Business, of course). Microsoft fanboys, I wish you luck in getting your hands on this one.

Amazon describes the product: "Signed by Bill Gates himself: Windows Vista Ultimate is Microsoft's powerful new operating system for the home and business user. Thinking of upgrading? Get this limited-availability Signature Edition signed by the world's richest man and own a little piece of history."

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News source: Amazon.com (via Engadget)

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Why would anyone want a signatured one if you usually keep the CD near your computer, and "bury" the box in your storeroom or whatever

If it was personally signed by Bill Gates it could become a collectors item, but pre-printed wont be worth anymore than a regular Vista Extreme Upgrade.

Not even $10.00 more imo.

If you guys havent realized yet, THIS COSTS THE SAME AS AN UNSIGNED BOX DOES!

So why are you guys complaining about the money..........

Shadowdruid said,
If you guys havent realized yet, THIS COSTS THE SAME AS AN UNSIGNED BOX DOES!

So why are you guys complaining about the money..........

Its not that, its the number of morons out there who are having multiple orgasms over the very idea that Bill just might have touched their copy of Windows with his bare hands!

I mean, lets be completely honest, if there was a 'limited edition Fedora Core' with Linus signiture on it, I would be no more excited than the idea of Tripel beer being on special - sure, it would tickle me pink, but certainly not something that would get me bouncing off walls.

cardg said,
one for each billion dollars he have

For some reason I was searching for the 'digg up' button when I read that

I think they just scan his signature from an old document and then print it on to the CDs. Either that, or it is a digital signature and his X.509 is inside a text file included with the CD.

kenboldt said,
and one for each billion dollars he has donated to charity :D

...and one for each socially irresponsible corporation his charity supports by investment.

"Signed by Bill Gates himself: Windows Vista Ultimate is Microsoft's powerful new operating system money maker for the home and business user Microsoft Fanboys. Thinking of upgrading? Get this limited-availability Signature Edition rip-off signed signature re-printed 20,000 times by the world's richest man and own a little piece of history make him a bit richer."

I hope you realize that Bill Gates uses his money for better things than the majority of those who buy his products ever would have.

toadeater said,

Some of his money. While also investing in shady for-profit schemes under the name of his "philanthropic" organization.

<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-gatesx7jan07-sg,0,261331.storygallery" target="_blank">
Dark cloud over good works of Gates Foundation</a>

All that article says is that Bill Gates gives large amount of money to avoid paying taxes.

You do realize that the money he has given away is probably a lot more than the taxes he would have to pay.

And anyways the stuff he does for charity will be 100000000000 more than you will ever do or even think of doing.

No, its not more than the taxes, its simply business, and taxes are (should be...) used by government to help all people.

@toadeater,

That article is extremely slanted.

Their issue with Gates is his investment in companies that are not aligned with the Gates Foundation's mission. However, these investments are also the most lucrative. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with this. I have some of my retirement savings invested in "big oil." And I don't plan on using the profit from that to save dying children in Africa. That's for me to live on once I'm retired. Am I evil?

cardg said,
No, its not more than the taxes, its simply business, and taxes are (should be...) used by government to help all people.

People should help other people, governments should not be burdened to help other people. Some people (such as those trying to find a good job and are struggling to make ends meet) should get helped by the government. The people down the street with fancy cars on welfare checks do not. It's a waste of mine, and everyone else who pays taxes, money.

That's exactly what's on the box, except SE is spelled out. Amazon either wanted it to sound grander or they posted the full name.