Microsoft is making its first Vista release candidate and pricing information available more broadly available to partners and consumers this week. Vista Business, which is the equivalent of Windows XP, will be priced at $299 for the full packaged product and $199 for upgrades. Windows Ultimate, the high-end version that contains the business and home-consumer features, will be priced at $399 for the full packaged product and $259 for upgrades.
A number of partners and analysts who have downloaded Vista RC1 say the code is solid but they are not convinced it will be ready for release this fall.
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