Expect Vista to cost significantly less than XP
When Vista launches next year, it is thought the pricing will be much lower than the current pricing structure for Windows XP.
Microsoft expect that by reducing the price, piracy will become less attractive (and the sale of more legitimate copies should cover the lost revenue). Additionally, Vista is likely to force alot of people to upgrade their computers, faced with having to pay a sigificant sum for the OS aswell as the hardware upgrades, Microsoft is worried the majority will simply wait until their exisiting system is beyond use.
Word coming from Redmond suggests the retail price of Vista will hit the shelves at just $99, with OEM versions expected to be a little over half that.
Official confirmation of pricing isn't expected until around the middle of next year.