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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: Nope.
By sviola on 7/2/2012 6:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
So, do you navigate a couple hundred icons on the start menu? There's a lot of productivity lost there...or do you use the search box (which has been improved for Windows 8)?

RE: Nope.
By Motoman on 7/2/2012 7:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
I have never used the search box - ever. It's infinitely faster to use the fly-out menu and click on what I need than it would be to remove my hand from the mouse and type it in and wait for a search. I know of no one who ever uses the search box. If MS wanted to get rid of something, get rid of that.

RE: Nope.
By ShaolinSoccer on 7/2/2012 8:47:11 PM , Rating: 2
lol, you may save 1 second. that's about it...

RE: Nope.
By Motoman on 7/3/2012 11:48:51 AM , Rating: 2
...then what is the point of doing something that takes more effort and costs you even just one second of extra time?

Your way is worse. You just admitted so. So why do it?

RE: Nope.
By noirsoft on 7/2/2012 11:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
I've gotta call it. You are just stupid or trolling. It is far from "infinitely faster" -- in fact, it is demonstrably faster to move to the keyboard(which you are already on if you hit the windows key to start your program search) and type "maya" than to navigate to All Programs/Autodesk/Maya 2008/Maya

Plus, if you do that a lot, it's faster still to pin to the taskbar.

You also must know no one, because anyone who knows about start search prefers it and uses it all the time.

RE: Nope.
By Motoman on 7/3/2012 11:47:28 AM , Rating: 2
You're catastrophically wrong. All my friends work for major software companies, like IBM. I even ran a quick poll around to get other opinions...not a single person thinks it's anything but moronic to search for a program when you already know where it is...taking your hand off the mouse to do so, and wasting more time.

It takes less time to use the Start menu and launch the program with the mouse, period, end of story. When you want to go to a website, do you go to Google and search for "" too? Pretty much the same thing.

You're wasting time, and there's no way around that fact.

RE: Nope.
By Newspapercrane on 7/3/2012 3:31:20 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps it is moronic to search when you know where something is when you've spent half of your life memorizing exactly where all of your programs are in your start menu. Personally, I haven't a slightest clue how things are arranged in "All Programs" on my desktop these days. Hit the windows key, and type the first few letters of what you want and then use the arrow keys to get to it if there are multiple reults. Hit enter. That's it. Anything that I use often enough to warrant it gets pinned to the start menu, or if I use it even more often it get's pinned to the task bar.

Also, because your friends work for "Major software companies, like IBM" does not make them experts on software usability. I'm sure if you actually even asked them the question, the way in which you asked was horribly slanted toward your opinion. Try observing their workflows sometime, I'm sure you'll find something diffent.

When I want to go to a website I start typing the address in the bar and then select it from the suggestions that pop up. That's actually the same thing. Much faster than going through three favorites menu's to find the link.

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