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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 Motoman on 7/2/2012 7:29:34 PM , Rating: 2
You might want to take Reading Comprehension 101 again.

I don't have a couple hundred icons on my screen. And I don't want them. Which is why, like anyone with a brain in their head, I want the Start menu to stay.

Like you, I typically have only a handful of items on my desktop. But I have assloads of programs installed on my computer, and the Start menu is the best possible way to organize and navigate them.

RE: Nope.
By Spuke on 7/3/2012 12:33:31 PM , Rating: 1
But I have assloads of programs installed on my computer, and the Start menu is the best possible way to organize and navigate them.
I reread what you said and I read it wrong. Still, I disagree. I find that using the Start button takes too many steps and uses too much time. At work, I either pin my most used or put my less than most used on my desktop. Much quiker than Start button, wait, All programs, wait, app, wait, subfolder, wait (I use CAD apps where you might have multiple apps under folders). With Win8, I can have all of those (most and lesser used apps) on the my start screen. Makes that task even quicker (don't have to Show Desktop for the lesser used apps). More productive for me and probably many others (cause none of us are unique...but that's another thread). I can understand something not working for you (and the general bitchiness for new Microsoft stuff that will die down in about 2 years) but how is that stupid?

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