Microsoft shows off retail packaging for Vista, Office 07

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Redmond (WA) - Retail packaging has never been anything special for previous versions of Microsoft's market-dominating operating system and business application suites of software, but Microsoft is changing that convention with the packaging for Office 2007 and its Vista operating system.

Microsoft's new retail packages ...

The new packaging has a unique design as well as a visual overhaul from the packaging for Windows XP and Office 2003. "With Windows Vista and 2007 Office system, we didn't just redesign the software packages themselves, but are also introducing new packaging for the two products. The packaging has been completely revised and, we hope, foreshadows the great experience that awaits you once you open it," says Nick White, a Windows product manager.

Though originally planned to be available by next month, due to delays announced early this year, both Office 2007 and Windows Vista will not be released to individual customers until the beginning of 2007.

Office 2007 is planned to have retail prices of between $149 for the student edition to $679 for an "ultimate" package. Vista will sell for $200 - $400 for new customers, and $100 - $260 for users who want to upgrade.