Microsoft Cuts Vista Price By Over 50% in China

Microsoft has more than halved the retail price of its Vista operating system in China.

The Home Basic edition dropped from $201 (1,521 yuan) to $66, and the Home Premium package dropped from $238 to $118. The move was effective as of Wednesday.

The price cut is the company's latest effort to tackle the rampant software piracy in China, according to The Wall Street Journal. The theory is that if legitimate software costs less, people will be less likely to turn to pirated versions.

Microsoft had sold 60 million Windows Vista licenses globally by the end of June, including 20 million copies sold since mid-May, the company said last month.

News source: c|net

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why companies such as Microsoft don't try and price there software according to the international exchange rate instead of just the us dollar? that way people in other country can stand a chance of buy a legit copy of windows, adobe, office and other software. but since they don't do that then they should consider using open office. it actually descant to use if you can't afford office.

bangbang023 said,
Those admitting to using illegal software will receive a warning. Think before you comment.

Warning for telling The Truth? I think it is good then forum reflects reality and not dreams of Utopian Society. People just must be warned that public admission of sin sometimes can lead to costly redeeming from it.

I do not know the truths of the other countries, but in Italy the prices decidedly are sproporzionati here: from HOLDUP!
Here Vista Basic Retail it costs 300 €......
To use pirata Windows nearly is justified or because version more economic OEM, does not sell it singularly and or because they cannot only think that changes PC for having an operating system that all adding is orrible....
Rather step to Linux!

How come a country that can pretty much control what you THINK, can't even come close to controlling software piracy?

Why not a software embargo on countries accused of mass piracy? I don't know what it's called, but surely there's an agency like the RIAA, but for software, that can 'swing a big stick' and threaten sanctions and embargoes. Surely MS, as one of America's most profitable companies, can ask the US government to help keep Chinese authorities cracking down on piracy, which hurts us all?

The popularity of software is all to often in *inverse* proportion to its price (the most popular software is the most expensive). Linux distributions are either completely free or mostly free (the same applies to the BSDs and Solaris, the only no-cost UNIX on the planet). Yet despite increased hardware support (not only by the various Linux distributions, but even by Solaris itself), what operating systems are distributed by the trainload on the p2p networks? Various flavors of Windows, by a rather extreme margin! For that reason, I seriously doubt that piracy has anything to do with price. Piracy has become The New Shoplifting (especially in the developed countries such as within the EU and US), with the additional advantage that it is even less likely the perp will get caught (I know of no recent piracy ring that engaged *only* in Internet distribution of their ill-gotten booty that has been busted in recent years; the groups that have been raided and busted all did something *else* that caught the eyes/ears/noses of the authorities).

even if it cost a dollar people wont get vista pc over there are low budget machines and wont run vista well, now lower the price of XP over there and people maybe will get it

They pirate XP too, you know.

It's not so much that the cost of Windows is high, it's just that pirated software is dirt-cheap and everyone loves a bargain.

The only lesson I see is.

LETS ALL START BUYING PIRATED SOFTWARE SO WE CAN GET CHEAPER ORIGINAL SOFTWARE.

I'm buying Vista from China.

:: Lyon :: said,
I guess we can now buy those legitimate Vista in China from eBay lol

It would still be illegal to do that...

japroach said,

It would still be illegal to do that...

And why would that be? If it isn't OEM and hasn't been installed on another machine it becomes a simple licence transfer with associated media. Last time I looked I could do whatever I liked with unused software.

Look at the middle east, russia, and india! its rare to see anyone that got the original Vista.
prices should be cut. even new laptops are coming with Linux instead of Windows OS pre-installed.

This is one heck of a strange move. This is saying that piracy makes everything better (cheaper software anyway). However, I not one to complain since I'm a European student and can enjoy nice prices. Who said students have to buy expensive software? (I'm forgetting Autocad on purpose)

https://www.ma3d.com/section/14

Legal licenses of Windows Vista Ultimate for €65 and Office 2007 Enterprise for €60! Right, since it's a download-buy you have no dvd-case of info but who hasn't got a dvd burner, and who needs that way-too-short instruction manual?

Viva la student!

they should offer this for high school and lower students... no normal student forks out those 100+ bucks for a students version of office...
i mean... so many friends have office, every1 actually... every1 having originals?... mmmh hardly..

Glassed Silver:mac

i've been to a huge technology store in China, this place wasn't for regular people only for the rich. stuff wasn't even that cheap. but even there you couldn't buy legal windows. they only had it in the plastic bags. i don't think people were even considering buying legally to them this was retail.

It must still be very expensive for the Chinese market if you consider their avarage income and undervalued currency.

ricknl said,
It must still be very expensive for the Chinese market if you consider their avarage income and undervalued currency.

Exactly, everyone seems to ignore this fact. They just love to complain.

So what is the lesson to be learned here?

Buy genuine software in order to help keep prices extortionately high?
or is it..
Infringe our copyrights and we'll return the favour by making it cheaper for you?

Trust me, if the Microsoft's monopoly owned the Chinese government like it owns our current administration, they wouldn't be getting a discounted version either...sigh.

Tackle the software piracy here buy giving us cheaper software and we'll buy it! lol

No wonder why everyone I know doesn't buy software or games, it's too damn expensive and
we're paying $$$ compared to other countries. If i'm in China i'll buy it there.... :P

Hmm. The spunsured leenks when I search for "vista home basic" list:
£69 from BestPricedBrands.co.uk (upgrade)
£129 from www.softwareselect.co.uk (ex VAT the sneaky gits == £151.58 and they charge for shipping)
£153.47 from ebuyer.com
a link (no price) from www.amazon.co.uk/software (turns out to be £55.98 OEM [can they sell this?] / £159.98 Full / £79.98 Upgrade). Original prices were £179.99 Full / £99.99 Upgrade.
$122 from softwareli.com (£59.75) [404]
a link (no price) to www.IT247.com/Network-Systems (OEM and extra licences)

If I didn't have Ultimate already and really, really wanted Home Basic I'd still get it from China...
Getting it from BestPricedBrands seems a good move if you know you have to install it twice using itself as a "previous version" (or did they fix that?)

This is setting a precident, and still wont work in China, if people canbuy it for a dollar on the streets of bejing and in hong kong, they will continie to do so.

Now what is MS going to do about other countries, that are rampant in piracy, Canada is rated 2nd in the world for software piracy, yet MS is planning on bulding a campus in Vancouver, BC.

So unlikely they would sell it for any less than they do in the USA.

would somebody please come sell vista for $2 on the streets of south africa? I want MS to drop the prices here too

Praeses said,
would somebody please come sell vista for $2 on the streets of south africa? I want MS to drop the prices here too :/

You're better off without it.

Nice move. Do other countries now have to pirate more first before MS gives them a price cut like that for Vista?

that theroy would hold true for most countries..but considering Chinas Reputation for 'stealing,pirateing,cheating'...this price reduction will probably backfire....unless the keys are for 'Chinese Language' specific...but then again that probably won't matter to them.

bigl523 said,
I think they are talking about the full version here, not the upgrade.

I'm not talking about the upgrade, full version on zipzoomfly.com and most other sites costs $115 for premium, my dad just got premium upgrade for $78 a week ago, vista is cheap is crap now.

Gabe3 said,

I'm not talking about the upgrade, full version on zipzoomfly.com and most other sites costs $115 for premium, my dad just got premium upgrade for $78 a week ago


That's OEM. It's a different SKU.

bangbang023 said,

That's OEM. It's a different SKU.

Hmm, yeah i think the $115 premium is OEM, but his $78 upgrade version is not OEM.

Thats what we have been saying since day 1....

"The theory is that if legitimate software costs less, people will be less likely to turn to pirated versions."

If that was it I would of bought it! no questions ask! Now we have to add this to the US also! but they wont why? because thats how they keep being Billionares!

"The theory is that if legitimate software costs less, people will be less likely to turn to pirated versions."

Uh-huh... the question is, why does Microsoft think this theory only applies to China?

C_Guy said,
"The theory is that if legitimate software costs less, people will be less likely to turn to pirated versions."

Uh-huh... the question is, why does Microsoft think this theory only applies to China?

I think the easier way is this; don't purchase it - use what you have, move to a free or low cost (SLED 10 SP1 - $50 per year) operating system. Use the almighty dollar.

So, Microsoft just lowered the price in China to the price it SHOULD sell in the US? It's still selling at months/year of wages for these people. And, in truth, we all know this is the OEM price already, so exactly how much are you saving the Chinese...really?

If Microsoft were to cut the US/Developed world price to this retail level and then halve the Chinese price again, I think they'd begin to see widespread (legal) adoption of Vista around the world.

Currently, Vista's price/performance SUCKS compared to XP, at a time when everything else in computer land (software and hardware) keeps improving their price performance on an annual basis...and has for two decades.