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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: no thank you.
By Ammohunt on 7/2/2012 6:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
TextThe cloud can go shove things up its rear end, that's one trendy fad that needs to choke on its own offal and die.

I once thought as you did..haven't been immersed in business associated with it its here to stay.

RE: no thank you.
By chromal on 7/2/2012 6:22:26 PM , Rating: 2
It's attractive in the same up-front ways that outsourcing manufacturing to China has been with corporate execs. And like outsourcing, the less infrastructure and expertise you have in house, the more you're out the mercy of forces outside your control. Folks who depend upon Amazon Cloud services in the Virginia/DC area can attest to that.

RE: no thank you.
By Ammohunt on 7/3/2012 9:29:11 AM , Rating: 2
If a company’s data center was in DC then they would have had a lot longer outage. At least with Amazon they can turn it up at other datacenters across the globe.
The model I would suggest to companies interested in cloud services is to supplement their computing needs with cloud based services as an extension to on premise private clouds. For example if your business has periodic load spikes say at month’s end the extra capacity can be scaled out to the cloud temporarily.

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