On January 30th, 2007 Microsoft released their much-delayed successor to Windows XP, Windows Vista. It released with far too many editions, which Microsoft slowly whittled down to just a few over the years leading up to the release of Windows 10.
One of the lesser known editions that Microsoft released was Windows Vista Ultimate Signature Edition. This was unique among the special signed / event orientated releases of Windows in that it was commercially available for anyone to purchase rather than being limited to handouts at the launch event. It was available in the US and cost $10 more than the regular Ultimate edition, getting you exactly $0 worth of additional stuff, unless you really like boxes with a print of Bill Gates’ signature on them.
This was limited to 25,000 copies, and, like the Windows 95 Special Edition, only got you an upgrade license of Windows Vista – not even a full license! Like the Windows 95 Special Edition there is a printed note from Bill Gates on the inside cover of the box that reads:
I’ve always been inspired by the limitless potential of technology. And I believe that its definition is never fixed, but instead is an ongoing collaboration among technical professionals and enthusiasts – a group of people who are inspired by the challenge of testing the limits of technology, redefining its boundaries, and setting new standards for innovation and progress. At Microsoft, we feel very fortunate to be a part of this effort. And so, as thanks, we hope you will enjoy this Signature Edition of Windows Vista Ultimate. It represents both our best work and our vision of what the future might hold.
This wasn’t the only special edition of Windows Vista that Microsoft released. They also released a (PRODUCT) RED edition in support of raising awareness and helping to eliminate AIDS in Africa. This was originally a Dell exclusive that only shipped with certain Dell PCs but got its own boxed release that was available from December 15th, 2008. This edition came with some additional desktop wallpapers, a screensaver, two Sidebar gadgets and a DreamScene wallpaper (remember those things?)