It looks as if Microsoft’s customized version of Windows Vista Ultimate for the PRODUCT RED project is no longer exclusive to Dell as it was announced earlier this year in January. Amazon recently began listing a product titled “Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1 Upgrade (Project Red Edition)” to be released on December 15, 2008. The Dell version of Vista RED came with 6 wallpapers, screensaver, two sidebar gadgets and a Dreamscene, all of which has since been posted to many downloading websites.
As some of the RED customizations in the Dell computers were specifically branded for Dell, I’d imagine there could be some newer additions to this package to make it worth while, but then again, Ultimate Extras has taught us how little can be done.
At a retail price of $219.95, twenty dollars off the recommended retail price of $239.99 for Vista Ultimate but seventy dollars more expensive than Amazon’s sale price of $149.99 has me a little concerned how poorly this will do in such economic times. On the other hand, giving a PRODUCT RED gift definitely scores you karma points.
Update: The official PRODUCT RED website confirms this and also indicates a couple new wallpapers has been added to the mix.
Update 2: Students are also able to take advantage of a special offer to buy Windows Vista Ultimate (RED) for $64.95 at The Ultimate Steal.