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Vista available to pre-order from Amazon

But won't arrive until 30 January

Consumers will have to wait until the end of January for Windows Vista if the availability for the OS (operating system) listed on Amazon's website is accurate.

On web pages taking pre-orders for consumer versions of Vista, Amazon lists 30 January 2007 as the date the OS will be shipping.

Amazon also lists prices for the three consumer versions of Windows Vista – Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate – as well as for Windows Vista Business edition. Pricing for upgrades to each of the editions also is listed on the site.

According to Amazon, Windows Vista Home Basic will cost $199 (about £105) for a new copy and $100 (£53) for an upgrade. Windows Vista Home Premium, a step above Home Basic in functionality, will sell for $239 (£126) for a new version and $159 (£84) for an upgrade. And Windows Vista Ultimate, the highest-end version of Vista for consumers, will cost $399 (£210) for a new copy and $259 (£136) for an upgrade, according to Amazon.com. Windows Vista Business will cost $299 (£157), while an upgrade will sell for $199 (£105).

Microsoft has said it will make consumer versions of Vista available in January, but it has not given a specific date or announced prices for the various versions of the OS. Yesterday, in a statement sent by email sent through its public relations firm, the company still would not confirm exact availability or pricing for Vista.

Amazon listings for pre-orders of Windows Vista can be found here.

On Monday, Microsoft acknowledged that it inadvertently posted Canadian pricing for Vista on its Canadian website and then pulled the price list from the site when the information was reported in the media. Converted to US dollars, the prices for Vista in Canada were higher than the US prices listed on Amazon's website.


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