Ed Bott on ZDNet reports that Microsoft accidentally released pricing for Vista on its Canadian website. The pricing is also now visible (at least as I post this) on Amazon.com.
Microsoft had been rumored to be close to sending out Release Candidate 1 for Vista. This would seem to confirm that. Amazon is taking pre-orders now for delivery in January.
Based on the pricing shown ($300 for a Business license? $200 for an upgrade?), I don’t think mass early adoption will be much of a problem for the channel. On the contrary, Microsoft seems to have made pushing this puppy out to its installed base through the channel an extremely low priority by setting the bar so high…or maybe they need to charge more to make up for the revenue they lost from delays?