Vista and Office 2007 packaging released

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Vista and Office 2007 packaging released

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Microsoft today revealed the retail packaging for Windows Vista and Office 2007, the eagerly awaited new products to be made widely available in early 2007. The boxes boast a completely revised and redesigned packaging. Writing on the Windows Vista Team Blog, Nick White said:

"Designed to be user-friendly, the new packaging is a small, hard, plastic container that’s designed to protect the software inside for life-long use. It provides a convenient and attractive place for you to permanently store both discs and documentation.

The new design will provide the strength, dimensional stability and impact resistance required when packaging software today. Our plan is to extend this packaging style to other Microsoft products after the launch of Windows Vista and 2007 Office system." - Vista Blog

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Looks nice i like it
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Shame they're not a bit bigger though - I used to like it when everything came in those massive cardboard boxes. These are apparently only about as high/wide as a DVD case, but a bit fatter.
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Maybe they'll redisgn them
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they look good

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Post by Luckie »

they look amazing
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Better than just a plain rectangle

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I really like it. but i don't know where Microsoft are going to put their Largish Manuals etc.

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they made the cases a big fatter. or a pdf file on the dvd

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merty wrote:I really like it. but i don't know where Microsoft are going to put their Largish Manuals etc.
They look quite a bit fatter than a standard DVD case. Do you get a big manual with Windows XP or not though? I thought nowadays you only get a very small manual with most things?
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Yes, the manuals are rather thin.

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they lock nice...

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I especially like the Vista Business and Ultimate packages, maybe because I generally prefer white, blue and black.

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Yes those are really nice
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There's an image of how the box opens and what the DVDs look like now as well:

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Almost worth stumping up the obscene amount of cash they're asking for it (if I actually had such a quantity of cash just lying around spare)...
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Well, does it really need to be the most expensive Ultimate edition for you ?
If I buy Vista someday, (and this day won't be that near), it'll probably be the Business edition.
But I agree, this is really nice. And seeing the 64-bit DVD, I assume there are two DVDs inside each case, one for x86, one for x64?

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empireum wrote:Well, does it really need to be the most expensive Ultimate edition for you ?
Yes
empireum wrote:And seeing the 64-bit DVD, I assume there are two DVDs inside each case, one for x86, one for x64?
I think so - I'm guessing it's like those DVD cases with 2 discs in, where the other one is clipped on underneath the first one. You can just about see next to the DVD logo it says "32 and 64 bit" so you must get both versions in the box, and they look to be on separate discs (like the Beta releases - you get two discs in the box with those).
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Vista Ultimate R2 wrote:
empireum wrote:Well, does it really need to be the most expensive Ultimate edition for you ?
Yes
Okay, your choice. I don't need all the home user oriented stuff like MediaCenter and so on, therefore, "Business" is just about right for me. (Although I'm not that keen on getting Vista anymore).

empireum wrote:And seeing the 64-bit DVD, I assume there are two DVDs inside each case, one for x86, one for x64?
I think so - I'm guessing it's like those DVD cases with 2 discs in, where the other one is clipped on underneath the first one. You can just about see next to the DVD logo it says "32 and 64 bit" so you must get both versions in the box, and they look to be on separate discs (like the Beta releases - you get two discs in the box with those).
Yeah, now I see it. Thanks for the explaination.

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I wish they were actually made of Glass...

I wonder how much of teh 200USD the packaging costs
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case looks cool. i thought they were going to combine the x86 and x64 dvds. or did they change that?

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You mean by using a double-sided DVD?

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na, just one side, dual layer or something

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Not possible AFAIK.

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With that rounded edge they resemble the mint credit card *shudder* ergonomics gone mad in my opinion

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Post by skeets »

i like the packaging.

it gets the logo out there so people can put the logo with the Windows and Office products (assuming people don't know the Windows logo by now).

overall i think the packaging is good and sorta gives off a vibe of "cool."

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