Get Windows Vista Ultimate for $199
16 February 2007 in .Net, Events, Microsoft, Windows | Comments enabled

Many of you will be starting to see more and more people talking about Windows Vista now it’s come out in the retail market. I’ve been using it for quite some time and it has really grown on me, I strongly suggest you grab a copy and start using it today :)

Anyway, that aside, you may be questioning which version you need? Given the audience of my blog, I’d suggest Ultimate. It has some kick ass features that make doing development work a lot more enjoyable as well as things such as Windows Ultimate Extras. However, ultimate also comes with the biggest price tag so how can you get it a bit cheaper? You can come along to the Microsoft 2007 Technical Briefing event in Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch.

The cost is $199 to attend and you get to select either a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate or Office 2007 for yourself. Great sessions and software, what more could you want? :)

One of the coolest Ultimate Extras is DreamScene which allows a video to play as your desktop “image”. It’s really cool, Jeremy and Andrew have been loving it too.

- JD

P.S. Disclaimer, I’m speaking at this event so I’m taking the opportunity to pimp it as well as show it’s a great offer to get software :)


7 comments. Add your own comment.

Glen Young says 16 February 2007 @ 23:10

I’d love to come along and hear you speak (and get myself a copy of office while I’m at it) but like an idiot I’ve moved to The Netherlands!

Good luck with your talk!

marksy says 18 February 2007 @ 05:01

I’m wanting to get Vista for my macbook, but im not sure what the difference is between all the version.

i remember that winxp home was pants compared to professional..

marksy says 18 February 2007 @ 05:01

I’m wanting to get Vista for my macbook, but im not sure what the difference is between all the versions.

i remember that winxp home was pants compared to professional..

Eyal says 20 February 2007 @ 17:00

I would caution those who want to try Vista to research and make sure their favourite applications would still run. I know some people who are having problems, for example with QCharts stocks charting app. I personally wouldn’t install it straight onto a production machine.

John-Daniel Trask says 20 February 2007 @ 20:58

Valid point however I always put this more onto the vendors plate – why haven’t the QCharts guys upgraded their system to support it? Beta and CTP versions of Vista have been around for well over 12 months. I’m sure you pay a heap of money for such software so I don’t see any excuses.

You don’t have to activate Vista on install so you could set it up as a second OS and dual boot while you test your applications.

Similar stories existed when XP came out, it’s a unfortunate side affect of the long product release cycle that has lead people to forget that, along with some hardware compatibility issues that arose when XP came out.

You might want to start emailing the QCharts guys asking why they haven’t kept up with the times.

– JD

Eyal says 20 February 2007 @ 21:12

Wasn’t trying to put it on anyone’s plate. The comment was just to highlight that one shouldn’t blindly upgrade a production machine without proper planning. Dual boot is a good idea, I think, haven’t tried it. I may also choose to use XP until the end of its supportable life, or more likely the inevitable ‘Vista SP1′ ;-)

Carmel Henry says 17 April 2008 @ 18:52

Hi i am looking for a copy of vista ultimate at a good price, I just bought a laptop but it only has vista business installed. any ideas
Cheers Carmel

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