There's been some speculation about prices for the various Windows Vista builds, but today Microsoft has announced the official retail prices for their next operating system.
Vista Ultimate - $399 (XP Upgrade - $259)
Vista Business - $299 (XP Upgrade - $199)
Vista Home Premium - $239 (XP Upgrade - $159)
Vista Home Basic - $199 (XP Upgrade - $99)
"Current customer preview program participants will be able to access the latest Vista test code beginning this week. Microsoft will open the program to new participants in the coming days, it says. Vista RC1 will post to the company's MSDN and TechNet Web sites for subscriber download this week. In addition, Microsoft says it plans to distribute RC1 DVDs to readers of a number of technology publications worldwide."