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 5:17:15 PM
To counter Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) $19.99 USD Mountain Lion licensing,
Of course we all realize that Apple doesn't get its high profit margins from selling software alone.
Why is MS doing this? I don't suppose Apple will start selling their OS to just anyone who may be assembling an Hackentosh.
I for one will always build my own and I would just as well use linux as use ML. What?,... so they can sell more of their Office program?
7/3/2012 5:32:06 AM
Good question given that Microsoft makes their money by selling Windows and (more importantly) Office. It is important to note though that they've done this with prior operating systems, like Windows 7 for $50 for a limited time.
The bulk of their Windows sales come from PC manufacturers selling new computers anyway, so I don't think that promotional sales to consumers puts that much of a dent in their bottom line.
7/3/2012 3:36:34 PM
Because they wouldn't move very many units if they didn't price it into the dirt. I will not be getting it, I had XP, XP x64, Vista Ultimate x64, and Win 7 Ultimate x64. This will be a huge pass, hope they revert back and get rid of the Metro UI with all the backlash they are and will continue to see. Great for mobile devices that use touch, but anything else including managing is a nightmare. I have been using for months on my laptop and hate it, I'm not sure it will grow on me, but I've tried.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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
Quick Note: Pier Solar and the Great Architects Coming to the Wii U in HD
December 6, 2013, 4:56 PM
Microsoft Channels LittleBigPlanet and Minecraft With "Project Spark" Beta
December 4, 2013, 9:14 AM
Software Firm Apptricity Receives $50 Million in U.S. Army Piracy Lawsuit
November 29, 2013, 11:42 AM
EA and Tiger Woods Part ways, EA Sports Offers First Look at Next Gen Golf Game
October 29, 2013, 9:27 AM
Quick Note: Trial Versions of iWork, Aperture Updated for Free by Mac App Store
October 24, 2013, 12:53 PM
Crytek "Warface" Opens New Era of AAA In-Browser FPS Gaming
October 22, 2013, 3:00 PM
Most Popular Articles
NSA Snares Americans' Porn Viewing Histories in Effort to Target Muslims
December 1, 2013, 9:00 PM
Hackers Nab 2 Million Login Credentials from Facebook, Gmail, Twitter
December 5, 2013, 1:00 PM
Dow Chemical to NYC City Council: You Don't Even Know What Styrofoam is!
December 2, 2013, 8:30 PM
Experts: Masturbation Prevents Cancer, Diabetes, Insomnia, and Depression
December 6, 2013, 2:01 PM
Thieves Steal Truck with Cobalt-60 Onboard in Mexico, Will Die "Without a Doubt" from Exposure
December 5, 2013, 12:04 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
Is The Period Becoming an Expression of Anger?
Nov 26, 2013, 2:02 PM
NSA and Congress -- You Will Never Kill the Constitution, It's an Idea
Nov 10, 2013, 2:00 PM
AT&T Explores $100B+ USD Deal to Acquire Vodafone's European Operations
Nov 4, 2013, 7:34 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2013 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information