Literally days before the worldwide launch of Vista, Microsoft South Africa has released recommended retail prices for the operating system. 

While distribution and reseller prices have been available for weeks, the delay in retail pricing is believed to be the result of protracted negotiations between Microsoft and local retailers.
While prices will vary from retailer to retailer, Microsoft SA's recommended retail price for Vista Home Basic is R2 599; for Home Premium R3 099; Vista Business will be R3 799; and Vista Ultimate will set users back R4 999.
Jonathan Hatchuel, Windows Client Business Group Executive at Microsoft SA, says the most cost-effective route for consumers to follow is to buy Vista pre-loaded on a new PC.