Microsoft Australia cuts Vista prices

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Following lukewarm sales of Vista and also following the US lead into cutting prices, Microsoft Australia is hoping to get in more buyers by slashing prices up to 40 percent from the retail versions.

The Vista Ultimate Edition will now sell at $449, from $751; while (old price in brackets) Home Basic will sell for $299 ($385), Home Premium for $349 ($455) and Business for $449 ($565).

Similar cuts are also going to affect the upgrade editions, which will cost from $149 – $399, from the original price of $199 – $495.

This comes after one year of lackluster sales when it was launched worldwide on January 30th, with many computer makers demanding XP and even allow buyers to downgrade.

But Microsoft is denying that it is reducing prices to pick up its market share. ““Windows Vista has been on the market for more than a year now and has been doing well, with more than 100 million licences sold in its first year,” a company spokesman said to

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