Windows XP comes in two flavors, one for home users and the other for business professionals. The Home Edition upgrade carries a manufacturer's authorized price (MAP) of $99, or about $10 more than Windows Me. The full version is $199, or about $20 more than Windows Me.If XP is really of release quality, the fact that Microsoft was able to push it out the door early is certainly impressive. I guess the justice department breathing down your neck is a good motivator. Even more impressive, however, is Redmond's apparent ability to raise the dead to participate in a letter writing lobby campaign. State Attorney Generals have been getting letters, likely written by Microsoft spin doctors, which are signed by deceased constituents.
The Professional Edition will cost around $199 as an upgrade or $299 for the full version, which in both instances is about a $20 increase over Windows 2000. But compared to a special $120 promotional offer for Windows 2000 Professional, the commercial XP version will cost nearly $80 more.