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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 kleinma on 7/2/2012 5:40:41 PM , Rating: 0
I can tell you have not really used Windows 8. Maybe you have tried, it but you have not actually used it for any period of time. You especially have not used it on a touch screen.

I remember when Window XP came out, and the first thing a bunch of people wanted to do was to revert the start menu back to the crappy classic Windows 9x version instead of the nice expanded XP one that had lots more options on it's double column layout.

If you want Microsoft to continue doing the same thing they have always done, then you might as well say goodbye to them. They are adapting to face the new competition in the market. I have been using Win8 for a few months now, and I don't miss the start menu at all.

I would be curious to know what exactly you use the existing start menu for now in Windows 7?


RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By Manch on 7/2/2012 5:56:00 PM , Rating: 2
JTMFC....
Your insight into my computer usage habits is amazing! Read my first post.

Ive downloaded and used every beta and pre release build. Even played with it on an MSI Windpad for a bit. If the Windpad was a bit faster i would have really enjoyed it. Like I said in MY FIRST POST, I think its great for tablets, and latops w touch screens, and media PCs as a 10ft interface. Not on my primary desktop.

WTF do you think I use it for? From the start menu I access my documents, my programs I use at work. Granted I do have some apps pinned, but I use a lot of different programs and pinning them all is retarded. I have certain windows that are up all the time so having icons underneath them does me no good. Thats why i like my start menu.

I dont want MS to turn the UI into a bunch of giganto tiles. To me its counterproductive on a desktop. I do want them to continue to improve security, streamline the OS, and make it more efficient. I want to see this new file structure thats been in the works for a long time now. Not every change is visible. I do not see the point in removing the option to have it.


RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By Spuke on 7/2/2012 6:52:53 PM , Rating: 1
I hardly use the start button. All of my most used stuff is pinned on the taskbar. I won't miss it at all.


RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By StevoLincolnite on 7/2/2012 11:43:54 PM , Rating: 3
Still. Microsoft could have catered for both types of people rather easily.

Hows about left-cliking on the start button to bring up metro, right click to bring up the start menu? GENIUS! Everyone goes home happy.


RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
By Manch on 7/3/2012 3:08:55 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, why take away the option. This is stupid like forcing an upgrade to Vista in order to get DX10. All it does is alienate your user base. Give/keep the features people ask for and they will buy it!


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