The full installation of Windows 98 will cost around $209, the same as the full installation of Windows 95, Microsoft sources say. An upgrade from Windows 95 will cost around $109, the cost of upgrading from a previous version of Windows to Windows 95.
Meanwhile, Chumbo, an Internet-based reseller, today announced that customers can preorder Windows 98 for $94.99 for the upgrade version and $179.99 for the full version. Windows 98 isn't expected to hit the stores until mid-June.
A Microsoft spokesman confirmed that Windows 98 and Windows 95 will have a very similar price point, but would not confirm the exact cost of Windows 98. The software giant is notoriously close-mouthed about pricing, availability, and release dates for its products.
Selling Windows 98 at the same price as Windows 95 is a bargain, Microsoft believes, given the advanced set of features the new version of the operating system offers.
Windows 98 will offer an integrated Web browser, a television tuner and program guide, faster application loading, and built-in support for multiple monitors, DVD (digital versatile disc) technology, and USB (universal serial bus) connections.
Windows 98 pricing for original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, who buy software titles at a discount in large volumes, is expected to be in the $50-70 range, industry analysts have previously said.
Reuters contributed to this report.