Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Prices Revealed: $39.99 Download, $69.99 via Disc
July 2, 2012 4:15 PM
comment(s) - last by
Any version of Windows XP, Vista, or 7 will be eligible for inexpensive upgrade
Say what you will about
its touch reforms
extreme user interface makeover
, but Microsoft Corp. (
) is at least moving aggressively to give its customers a favorable price point.
To counter Apple, Inc.'s (
$19.99 USD Mountain Lion licensing
, Microsoft is offering
Windows 8 "Pro"
only $39.99 USD
via download. A DVD version will be available for $69.99 USD (that's one expensive disc). Clearly Microsoft is trying to
funnel customers to its online process
, which it hopes will lead to a more pain-free and automated installation.
We believe that your upgrade experience in Windows 8 will be a breeze by offering a faster experience, a single upgrade path, and compatibility from prior versions of Windows. We’ve continued to listen to our customers and have expanded the ability to download to over 100 countries and 37 languages. We have simplified the Windows upgrade experience with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which supports you during your upgrade with everything from selecting your language to pausing your download to built-in compatibility checks - it’s seamless. And if you’re an enthusiast you will have the flexibility to download and control how you upgrade.
Somewhat strangely Microsoft is offering customers who purchase the download the option to purchase a backup DVD for $15. In other words you can order the download and get a DVD via the backup option for $54.99 USD, or pay $15 USD extra to buy it in store.
It seems a bit counterintuitive, to say the least.
Of course if you want to snag a download or disc install be sure to first check that your hardware is capable of running Windows 8. To test that you can grab Microsoft's
Release Preview of Windows 8
, which comes with a test-phase build of the upgrade assitant.
Windows Team engineer Brandon LeBlanc writes Microsoft is continuing to "drive toward the RTM milestone."
Windows Team Blog
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
7/2/2012 4:34:30 PM
Does this OS break every Visual Studio program ever developed with such a radical UI change?
Also, will it work in portrait mode, I have never seen a tablet flipped vertically yet running Windows 8.
RE: Visual Studio?
7/2/2012 5:25:20 PM
No, it doesn't. It doesn't break anything, your programs will run just as well as they did before.
The Metro UI and the Desktop are two different worlds. All your old apps will run in the Desktop mode (Windows 7 look and feel) and new Metro UI apps (purposely developed as such) will run in the Metro UI mode. These two worlds don't really mix, they are completely separate, the API's for these different types of apps are very different.
I don't understand why people are so scared of Windows 8, it offers full backward compatibility with Windows 7 and adds something new on top (or on the side, if you will).
Even Windows 7 runs in portait mode on existing tablets, this is an old feature, it's been there for years. Get a Windows 7 tablet, flip it vertically and you'll see how the task bar rearranges itself on the bottom (or wherever you had it in landscape mode).
None of this is new... in fact, Microsoft invented the tablet PC in the first place (in 2002) ;-)
RE: Visual Studio?
7/2/2012 5:31:44 PM
Its not fear its just the lack of features which provide reasons to upgrade right now Metro is the primary reason to upgrade not good enough Microsoft; what ever happened to the new file system they were working on?
RE: Visual Studio?
7/2/2012 5:55:17 PM
As far as Visual Studio is concerned: No. Apps that used the UI elements from Windows 7 will work just fine on Windows 8, they just won't use the metro interface.
"It seems as though my state-funded math degree has failed me. Let the lashings commence." -- DailyTech Editor-in-Chief Kristopher Kubicki
Microsoft Claims it Killed the Start Button Because You Didn't Want it
June 28, 2012, 9:28 AM
WWDC: Apple Offers Impressive 2880x1800 MacBook Pro, Lesser Macs, OS X 10.8
June 11, 2012, 1:45 PM
Quick Note: Windows 8 Release Preview Goes Live
May 31, 2012, 3:50 PM
Windows 8 Editions Introduced: Meet S/T, "Pro", and "RT"
April 17, 2012, 10:19 AM
All Windows 8 PCs Will Have 5-Fingered Touch
March 29, 2012, 10:22 AM
WhatsUp with WhatsApp?
August 29, 2016, 5:23 AM
Fuchsia – Google’s New Open Source Operating System
August 17, 2016, 6:30 AM
Windows 10: End of an Era & A New Beginning
August 1, 2016, 9:59 AM
Free Windows 10 offer ends July 29th, 2016: 10 Reasons to Upgrade Immediately
July 22, 2016, 9:19 PM
Quick Note: Whoops, Microsoft Pushed Unwanted Windows 10 to Some Users
October 15, 2015, 9:04 PM
Quick Note: Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 Fixes Boot Camp 6.0 Issues
October 13, 2015, 11:39 AM
Most Popular Articles
5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
No More Turtlenecks - Try Snakables
September 19, 2016, 7:44 AM
ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in Children: Problem or Paranoia?
September 19, 2016, 5:30 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
Automaker Porsche may expand range of Panamera Coupe design.
September 18, 2016, 11:00 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Who is in Risk of Getting Oral Cancer?
Sep 23, 2016, 6:02 AM
France Bans Plastic Eating Utensils in Restaurants
Sep 18, 2016, 10:49 AM
Progress Against Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Sep 17, 2016, 5:30 AM
Apple Watch Series 2 - Number 1 in the Customer Satisfaction.
Sep 7, 2016, 6:19 PM
First Self-Driving Car debut on the streets of Singapore
Aug 28, 2016, 4:10 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information