Packaging revealed for Windows Vista and Office 2007

Special thanks to Neowinian trekkie. for posting this in Back Page News, and Googler24022 for submitting this news to us.

Microsoft today revealed the retail packaging for Windows Vista and Office 2007, the eagerly awaited new products to be made widely available in early 2007. The boxes boast a completely revised and redesigned packaging. Writing on the Windows Vista Team Blog, Nick White said:

"Designed to be user-friendly, the new packaging is a small, hard, plastic container that's designed to protect the software inside for life-long use. It provides a convenient and attractive place for you to permanently store both discs and documentation.

The new design will provide the strength, dimensional stability and impact resistance required when packaging software today. Our plan is to extend this packaging style to other Microsoft products after the launch of Windows Vista and 2007 Office system."

Keep reading for a glimpse of the designs for yourself.

News source: Windows Vista Team Blog
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Wow thats a stuningly beautiful box there. Microsoft finally actually have some sense of style in their packaging. AAAAGHHHH I KNEW IT!! they were putting all that effort into making the box look goood and fine tuned more than the actual product itself. I shoulda knew it. Shakes head. LOL JK. Im compelled to buy it even more now. Now i can have a pretty box sitting smashed under a pile of other crap in my closet cuz yea the only real thing that matters is the OS itself. But hey give it up for microsoft they gave us eye candy inside more eye candy. Haha yea but to be serious i am looking forward to buying vista and it is nice to know that they have a package that doesnt look like xp's box or xp itself which ive allredy gotten quite sick of looking at after a few days after using vista. I like microsofts vision now i guess. There design is beginning to be promising for once.

I had a sneaking suspicion that the new Add/Remove Programs icon would hint at the final design of the boxes!

Ultimate looks Hot, and Home Basic looks pretty nice too!

all pretty nice...cept home premium. not liking it's dark green. the home basic ones are quite like the colour scheme on my website www.gtfogaming.co.uk

who knows, they may all make it to wallpapers in the rtm.

remember the xp home and pro and media center and server wallpapers that came with them?

Wow, you go to a lot of effort to make yourself feel good about not using Windows. Wait here while I fetch you a medal for your outstanding art and attitude.

Quote - jedimasterk said @ #69

Whoever designed that must be the biggest uneducated fool in this planet?


Ive seen 3 trolls made by this member and not one removed. Once again mods do whatever they basically want. Yes I know mods cant be here 24/7 but there has to be at least one mod around that sees one of the three comments made by this member.

Quote - Nexx295 said @ #69.1
Oh, you're soooo cool. Can I be like you?

You should at least insert a link to the image, not the image. x)

i bet if this wasn't (apparently) a cropped screenshot, we'd see a start button somewhere.

I use linux, mac, win. But unlike most people I don't play any favoritism. Im pretty content that they all offer something good and can be appreciated equally on a different level. Cut the bs off and grow up and if you can't then you ought to be airing your dirty laundry somewhere else. Simply don't post really large images on forums especially if your going to focus on your unwanted opinion you jerk! Sry for my outburst but ive just really grown sick of the abundance of bigots on the internet. Have a nice day :P

This is not a troll - okay it's a box, I don't find it very exciting, if I ever buy Vista the packaging will just end up on a shelf somewhere probably out of sight. So, am I a miserable old git for failing to be even vaguely stirred by this packaging....?

Is just me or those boxes comes with "aero glass"... all the boarders are transparent... mmmm real nice!
I will get an OEM one.. with no box

Quote""Designed to be user-friendly, the new packaging is a small, hard, plastic container that’s designed to protect the software inside for life-long use". Well this is surely false advertising!. Especially according to the new EULA, which pretty much makes Vista "Vaporware", after you do your second major upgrade to your system. You pretty much throw it away in the trash and have to buy a new one. "Life-long use", maybe it can be used to hold flash cards, after Vista get's tossed. Thanks to the EULA of course. " VISTA IS GOING TO BE THE BIGGEST FLOP IN MICROSOFT HISTORY, BECAUSE OF THEIR GREED AND EULA!". I already installed my new operating system, next to XP on my machine. Called Dualboot, XP and "UBUNTU Dapper".

Nice troll..

Even though you get 10 Activations for each major hardware changes you do, isn't that correct? Thats my understanding of it.

Quote - NeoFlux said @ #62.1
Nice troll..

Even though you get 10 Activations for each major hardware changes you do, isn't that correct? Thats my understanding of it.


For each HD change.

Leave that guy alone; The force in his brain is not strong.

Yep, you are definately smarter than the one "idiot" who made Windows. Thanks for posting your wallpaper (below). It sure is a treat.

Quote - Chicane-UK said @ #57
Who cares about the box. Its the damn software I care about.. and thats a worry!

Exactly!

I can't believe peeps are coming in their pants over a box design.

Quote - Chicane-UK said @ #57
Who cares about the box. Its the damn software I care about.. and thats a worry!

Yeh!. Look at Ubuntu, it comes in a paper sleeve and it is still ten times better then Vista Ultimate.

Quote - Chicane-UK said @ #57
Who cares about the box. Its the damn software I care about.. and thats a worry!

Why do you worry? :huh:
Quote - Jedimasterk

Yeh!. Look at Ubuntu, it comes in a paper sleeve and it is still ten times better then Vista Ultimate.

Thats your opinion. Ive tried Ubuntu and Id still with Windows 98 SE over it. I dont like it at all.

I dont know where, but im sure I have seen them before. think it was from here. and people was like, no it would never look that way, its fake. But its the real ones after all. I like them, as some people have said, normaly you dont get much in a box. now there is room for more books, and there will be a 32bit and 64bit disk in there to. So thats nice :-)

Quote - windows95isg8 said @ #56
I dont know where, but im sure I have seen them before. think it was from here. and people was like, no it would never look that way, its fake. But its the real ones after all. I like them, as some people have said, normaly you dont get much in a box. now there is room for more books, and there will be a 32bit and 64bit disk in there to. So thats nice :-)

True, I remember the good old days when you used to purchase software, you received up to 3 full size books covering everything from setting up, installing right to how to programme, configure and modify it :(

Would it kill Microsoft to throw something like a "Windows Vista Hand Book" in it? It would be good value for money IMHO.

Quote - Alphanumeric said @ #54
They like nice, but what are you going to do with the box once it's installed??


hmmmmm...



"Designed to be user-friendly, the new packaging is a small, hard, plastic container that’s designed to protect the software inside for life-long use. It provides a convenient and attractive place for you to permanently store both discs and documentation.

I guess your answer is right there ;)

and notice the word "discs so that tells you this can hold more then 1 disc.

Quote - Tech_Dude_5000 said @ #54.1

and notice the word "discs so that tells you this can hold more then 1 disc.

yeah, some editions will ship with both x86 and x64 discs.

Quote - badazzEVO8 said @ #51
wow you guys get all hard over a hard case

* shakes head *

:rolleyes:

fixed

okay, seriously I'm sleep deprived right now... and really shouldn't be here...

Ultimate kinda looks like the strokes left behind when the people swing the new iPod around in the recent commercial.

anyone else notice the flare on ultimate has the colours of both home and business on it?

that's a statement by itself. ultimate - best of both worlds (in case you didn't know)

LoL lots of idiot comments here..I especially like the one of bashing Microsoft for using plastic because it hurts the environment, that made me laugh pretty hard. Anyways - The packaging looks great, very unique and the shape should still allow the boxes to be stacked and shipped well.

Yeah, particularly since only millions of these are going to be made and then go straight into landfills days after purchase. MS could have made a real statement by using something enviro-friendly, but of course they didn't.

Apple's starting to do it, but I guess MS didn't know that.

Quote - rseiler said @ #45.1
Yeah, particularly since only millions of these are going to be made and then go straight into landfills days after purchase. MS could have made a real statement by using something enviro-friendly, but of course they didn't.

Apple's starting to do it, but I guess MS didn't know that.

Yes, Apple, the maker of disposable electronics containing toxic chemicals. http://www.greenpeace.org/apple/

Gasp! A modern design for packaging from Microsoft? They must have farmed this to some design firm in Europe somewhere. There is no way this design came from them.

I saw this a few weeks ago at a 'secret' event. I was under an NDA and I wasn't able to take any photos - but they fold out and stuff and are very shiny!

I have to ask though, how secure is this new packaging? With this added complexity perhaps there are things they have overlooked. Maybe someone can crack the package open to remove the CD.

Whoa! Finally, Microsoft didn't use too much clutter for its packaging and instead, used a pretty clean interface! Cheers for that!

very slick. I think this is a great marketing scheme to move the product out to stores. A new invented package to identify a new invented OS.

Think about it most ppl do not know about the bugs of vista (my dad doesn't even know what vista is) except when he buys a computer it will prbly come with vista and only then will hes realize that it isnt windows xp

but i must say that packages is the nicest I have yet seen. Maybe now you can make a Case collection (similar to books)

Looks quite nice, more like the kind of packing I'd expect from Mac unit at Microsoft.
I'd prefer the background of it to be something similar to the rich "nature" images plastered all over the Vista web site, but it's still good.

It's heartening to know that MS is not discriminating against future archaeologists with these "hard plastic containers." If these had been biodegradable, the lawsuits would have been flying by tomorrow.

When someone finds one of these intact in 12006, what will they think it is?

All products on earth will have been made by Google for several thousand years by that point--even earth itself will be called Googleplex Prime.

Life long use huh? Please tell me who here has Win95 running or older?
I'm sure in 20 years Vista won't even run on current PC's at that time.

I have just over 500 robots that run Windows 95. So I guess I would be one of those who still deals with really old Windows software.

Quote - markjensen said @ #22.1
I have just over 500 robots that run Windows 95. So I guess I would be one of those who still deals with really old Windows software.

Interesting use of quasi-Nazi imagery as a status icon.

Sweet, finally $400 software doesn't come in a half cent cardboard box. Agreeed

Nowdays buying anything above USD $100 has 1-Year Limited Warranty too.

are they providing Warranty too?

and where we can get the price tag for each editions?

On Amazon.

The prices are stupid though...they need to drop them massively. Then again, I can't believe they still charge £230 for XP Pro. So many people are going to pirate Vista.

I'd much rather it DID come in a cardboard box tbh, very few people keep hold of such things however 'spiffy' they are, and a cardboard box is a HELL of a lot healthier for the environment.

Quote - yakumo said @ #17.2
I'd much rather it DID come in a cardboard box tbh, very few people keep hold of such things however 'spiffy' they are, and a cardboard box is a HELL of a lot healthier for the environment.

Tell that to the trees the cardboard comes from, or the fauna dying from the bleaches and dyes used to make that cardboard pretty colours

Quote - seamer said @ #17.3

Tell that to the trees the cardboard comes from, or the fauna dying from the bleaches and dyes used to make that cardboard pretty colours :)

...unless the materials that are used are recylced and recyclable. Granted the dyes and bleaches are still a problem, but still.

Quote - M2Ys4U said @ #17.4

...unless the materials that are used are recylced and recyclable. Granted the dyes and bleaches are still a problem, but still.

Exactly - people forget that we can recycle animals.

Pretty nice I must says.
But it stupid the way that they announce it "strength" and other "big" words that they use...
It's just a plastic package, like any other that we get with any games nowadays, I doubt that this round corner make it better than other packaging...

Yeah that really annoys me! especially when the software comes in a huge box and then when you finally open it all you get is a glossy (thin) manual and a CD/DVD in a paper sleeve!! So yeah I'm liking the Vista/Office 2k7 packaging at least it looks like they made an effort

"the new packaging is a small, hard, plastic container that’s designed to protect the software inside for life-long use."

life long meaning until you try to reinstall on changed hardware for the 11th time, or something else b0rks up with the activation crap.

sigh

Quote - Ironman273 said @ #5.1
Yeah, because nowadays no one has phones to make a quick 5 minute phone call.

Yep, 5 minutes to call, 30-45 to try to make sense out of the butchered english your ears are subjected to by the outsourced support center...

It's not that bad - I've made dozens of those calls (Windows XP has been around for five years now!). They take about 15 minutes, and the only thing that really needs to be understood are the numbers zero to nine. If the calls are so annoying, then stick with Windows 2000, or pick a non-Microsoft OS.

I wonder though, will they change the Windows XP piano ditty on at the start of the activation calls to the Vista sound, or will they get new phone numbers?

Quote - werdwerdus said @ #5.4
Or buy a Volume Licensed copy that doesn't have activation. That's what I have.

You -are- aware that future VLK's will require activation, yes?

Quote - werdwerdus said @ #5.4
Or buy a Volume Licensed copy that doesn't have activation. That's what I have.

Awesome. You have a Select Licensing subscription? I wish I had spare money like that just for my Operating System!

At least you didn't call it "Corporate".