Windows Vista and Office 2007 have both got 'Ultimate' versions being released - and it seems that the price for the pair could cost more than your PC itself.
Vista Ultimate includes all the features that enthusiasts like us are interested in - gorgeous graphical effects, Media Center functionality, pro networking features. The latest rumours, pointed out by ITWire
, put Vista Ultimate at $450.
The new version of Microsoft Office makes a number of improvements to the interface, bringing much-used features to the front and implementing a new 'ribbon' instead of menu items and toolbar links. Including MS' collaborative software, it will cost $679.
Put together, that means more than $1000 just for two pieces of software to sit on your machine. Hardly deterring the pirates, are they?
A few weeks ago, we investigated free alternatives to software piracy
. With prices like the ones Microsoft are asking, could now be the time to switch to open source?
Let us know your thoughts on MS' pricing over in the forums.