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  (Source: Microsoft)
Any version of Windows XP, Vista, or 7 will be eligible for inexpensive upgrade

Say what you will about its touch reforms, and extreme user interface makeover, but Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is at least moving aggressively to give its customers a favorable price point.

To counter Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) $19.99 USD Mountain Lion licensing, Microsoft is offering Windows 8 "Pro" for 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.

Comments Microsoft:

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 from here, 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."

Source: Windows Team Blog

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RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By Trisped on 7/2/2012 5:40:19 PM , Rating: 3
It is still there, the start menu just takes up the entire screen now and is called the start screen.
This is not true. The Start Menu provided certain features, search, links to installed programs, links to the user's folders, links to the control panel, and links to the file system (my computer). These were all there by default. The new start screen does not provide anything but links to installed apps. Ok, so maybe I just need to customize my start screen. Can I add Google Chrome to it? No. Why not? No Idea, apparently I have to first go to the desktop, then I have to find chrome, then I have to pin it. That is not so bad, except I cannot find where the Chrome exe is so I can start the program so I can pin it.

The Start Screen is a nice idea, especial for touch input devices; but it is not a replacement for the Start Menu, nor is there an efficient work around for all features of the now removed Start Menu.

RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By vincentxweb on 7/2/2012 7:49:47 PM , Rating: 3
In the start screen, just start typing, and it'll search your files and programs. That's the same as the start menu. Once you find your program (which usually is added automatically once you install), you can right click and pin to the start screen and/or task bar.

The added bonus of the start/Metro screen is that tiles provide more information.

It's not as much of a change as people think. Just a bit to get used to, but it's almost the same thing.

RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By villageidiotintern on 7/3/2012 1:21:33 AM , Rating: 5
I want to BROWSE my start menu. Browse it. Wrap your mind around that. NO, I do not need an excuse to want to browse my menu, just like I don't need permission to browse anything else. WTF!

RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By bah12 on 7/3/2012 9:58:08 AM , Rating: 1
Last I checked explorer was still there. Browse away buddy. Oh wait is that too much detail, so you want to "browse" it but not all the way to the file level.

ALL the start menu is is a list of shortcuts. PERIOD nothing actually existed on the start menu. What all you whiners are complaining about is that "browsing" your short cuts has changed. If you want an antiquated way to "browse" feel free to pop open explorer and get to clicking. Good god how can bigger, scale-able, searchable, completely customize-able ACTIVE icons be worse than at BEST the alphabetized list you get in WinXP-Win7?

RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By Arsynic on 7/3/2012 9:59:05 AM , Rating: 2
You can pin Google Chrome to it if Google comes up with a Chrome Metro app.

RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By bah12 on 7/3/2012 10:27:49 AM , Rating: 2
Ding! There in lies the real problem. Everyone is throwing MS under the bus again (just like Vista), because 3rd party apps (instead of drivers like Vista) are not up to par.

People you cannot blame MS for non-metro apps (blame the lazy application provider). Google has had loads and loads of time to prep Chrome as a Metro app, but hey they have a vested interest in MS looking bad.

RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By rdhood on 7/10/2012 11:00:50 AM , Rating: 2
People you cannot blame MS for non-metro apps (blame the lazy application provider). Google has had loads and loads of time to prep Chrome as a Metro app, but hey they have a vested interest in MS looking bad.

Ah, yes we can. Laying blame is not something that you or MS has control over. That is the power of the free market. That is the power of the consumer. If the consumer perceives that this is MS's problem, then they are to blame (like it or not). Heard of "Vista"? Lots of people (most) kept Windows XP because MS dumped on their customers with Vista. MS blamed 3rd party apps for not being compliant or having compliant drivers. Consumers voted with their pocketbooks... and did not purchase Vista. They blamed MS, and it stuck like glue.

Now MS are dumping on their customers with Metro. If customers perceive this is an MS problem (and they will), they will vote with their pocketbooks. The real question is: why does MS continue to shoot itself in the foot like this?

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