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Vista price slashed in China: May a billion copies of Windows bloom through low, low prices!


Microsoft's Beijing office announced today the price of the Windows OS dropped Wednesday by two-thirds for Vista Home Basic and by over half on Vista Premium.

Home Basic was slashed to 499 yuan (US$66) from 1,521 yuan, while Premium fell to 899 yuan from 1,802 yuan, ostensibly "made to meet market demand for the operating system" as per a company representative.

Last month, Microsoft said it sold 60 million Windows Vistas worldwide, including 20 million copies sold since mid-May. It also pledged a billion copies of all Windows variants will be sold by the end of next fiscal year, as we reported in June.

Well, the Chinese market is price sensitive, as this $199 Lenovo PC concept illustrates. But, China has also been frank in its official development of open-source operating systems, and some pundits have suggested Red Flag Linux was a bargaining chip to gain leverage against Redmond. Do you think the possibility of billions of Chinese Linux users drove Vista prices down?

5 comments
lastchip
lastchip

Microsoft is paranoid about any other system gaining a foothold. The thought that Linux could become the system of choice and then spread elsewhere in that part of the world, was enough for them to act. Frankly, I think it's a shame, China is going to get sucked in like the West and then it's difficult to turn back.

johnstont
johnstont

I thought we were trying to make friends with them! We will call this the Bill and Steve Menu! Do you get an egg roll with this price too?

keydesignz
keydesignz

Hell yes. With 1.5Billion people in China, that is a seriously large slice of pie. With the majority of China as major industry servicing hundreds of countries world wide, Microsoft want in. But I would like to see Linux prosper. I would love to see Apple gain a stake there also. Screw Microsoft, greedy pigs.

Neil Higgins
Neil Higgins

You know the one.On a certain date each year,up pops an image of "an angry man throwing a chair" Well Google me...

K7AAY
K7AAY

An embarassingly low price for Windows in China seems IMHO the result of official Chinse government support for Red Flag Linux. Why do you think Microsoft discounts Vista so heavily now?

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