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Microsoft publishes Vista prices and releases RC1 to five million users

Microsoft has announced the US prices of its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system, as it makes available Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of the OS to around five million users.

RC1 was first made available to a small selection of testers last Friday but the company now wants to rapidly extend testing to a wider audience in the coming days.

The US price of Windows Vista Business will be $299 (£165). The price for Windows Vista Enterprise, which has a wider range of features has not been released.

The RC1 Vista code will be distributed to current Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants this week.

In addition, Microsoft will re-open the CPP to new enrolments in coming days. In total, Microsoft plans to make Windows Vista RC1 available to more than five million customers worldwide, said the company.

Mike Sievert, corporate vice president for Windows client marketing, said, “The expansion of the CPP program really sends a strong message to the industry and our customers: the time to prepare for Windows Vista has arrived.”

Large companies will be able to get Vista from November, and the OS will have a general release to all companies and consumers from January next year, confirmed Microsoft.


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