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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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By Belard on 7/2/2012 10:54:23 PM , Rating: 0
First of all, Apple charges $20 for a single upgrade and $50 for a 5-system upgrade. MS isn't even close to such pricing.

Microsoft can offer to PAY me $50, and *I* take the money, install it on a dummy old HD, then wipe it.

LOL... funny... $40 or $55 or $70 for a POS! Even MS is all over the place on this. Hint: buy the DL version and order the disc.

I've never seen MS screw up so badly so much in such a short time. Are they snorting too much coke off the butts of prostitutes lately?

- Win8/Metro for desktop blows
- The alienated and pissed off all their tablet partners. (ex partners).
- There is no software for their WART... so its a bate and switch for people to buy their $1200 x86 tablet thingy... which hasn't sold much in the past 3 years.
- WP7 phone sales are still... sucky.
- Wp8 uses NT... so thats going to be a struggle with battery and resources.

I'm betting $1 that all 3 platforms blow chunks this Christmas season. There are going to be a lot of returns.
And most people don't even know its coming.

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