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January 30, 2007

Lining Up for Vista

This morning I decided to arrive at the company store at opening time (9 am) to buy Vista and Office. Of course a bunch of other people had the same idea--there was email sent out the night before announcing that the store would have both in stock.

When I got there at about 8:55 there were maybe 80 people in line, and 20 more showed up while I was waiting. But the whole thing was extremely well organized. They had security outside directing traffic and people, and once the doors opened we all filed in and there were the rows of product waiting for us. By 9:15 I was outside with fresh copies of Vista Ultimate and Office Ultimate in my hot little hands (actually my hands were a bit cold since it around freezing).

They restricted people to only 2 copies of each specific product, but given the proliferation of SKUs that wasn't very limiting. In fact the discussion in line was questions like "What is the difference between Office Professional and Office Ultimate?" (InfoPath and Groove), and "Can you upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate?" (yes, per the box). Each Vista flavor also came in full and upgrade versions, which made it possible to buy even more, but I didn't see any hogging going on. Maybe some people with 2 copies of Vista Ultimate and 2 copies of Vista Ultimate Upgrade, but nobody trying to buy (as an example) every possible version of Vista and Office, which would be 20 boxes and use up most of your purchase allotment for the year.

Of course this isn't quite as exciting for me since I've been running the RTM of Vista for a month or so at work, and Office a lot longer. In fact if you go back I first ran Vista about 3 years ago. Anyway I have the software, I just need to go buy a new computer to install it on. My computer at home is 8 years old, and although it's still surprisingly able (with added memory and a bigger hard drive), I'm looking forward to starting over clean.

Posted by AdamBa at January 30, 2007 09:46 AM

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Can you say what Microsoft employees have to play for Vista?

Posted by: BrianK at February 7, 2007 09:34 PM

I can't see it being any huge secret...Vista Ultimate full is $45, the upgrade version is $40. Then it goes down from there for other SKUs. I think the cheapest is the Home upgrade for $20.

- adam

Posted by: Adam Barr at February 8, 2007 11:29 AM