Microsoft Offers $39.99 Windows 8 Pro Upgrade
Windows operating system upgrades tend to be quite pricey. However, in a change of direction that some see as being the influence of Apple with its low-priced operating system upgrades, Microsoft will offer an upgrade promotion allowing for a very reasonably priced upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. To qualify, the user's PC must be running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.
Windows 8 Pro will be purchased direct from Microsoft as a download, with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant helping less technically knowledgeable users through the upgrade process. Microsoft are also offering a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling. For bricks and mortar retail customers, Microsoft is offering a packaged version for $69.99 during the promotion, which runs until January 31, 2013. The question is, will people en masse want to live with Metro at any price? This remains to be seen.
We wanted to share information about this upgrade promotion with you as we continue to drive toward the RTM milestone for Windows 8. We will of course have more to say and more details to provide closer to general availability.
Oh, and by the way - if you’re not upgrading from a prior version of Windows and are building your own PC or installing Windows 8 in a virtual machine or a separate partition, you will be able to purchase and install the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder product.
Posted by | Mon, Jul 02, 2012 - 06:12 PM