Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Prices Revealed: $39.99 Download, $69.99 via Disc
July 2, 2012 4:15 PM
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Any version of Windows XP, Vista, or 7 will be eligible for inexpensive upgrade
Say what you will about
its touch reforms
extreme user interface makeover
, but Microsoft Corp. (
) is at least moving aggressively to give its customers a favorable price point.
To counter Apple, Inc.'s (
$19.99 USD Mountain Lion licensing
, Microsoft is offering
Windows 8 "Pro"
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.
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 $15 USD extra to buy it in store.
It seems a bit counterintuitive, to say the least.
Of course if you want to snag a download or disc install be sure to first check that your hardware is capable of running Windows 8. To test that you can grab Microsoft's
Release Preview of Windows 8
, which comes with a test-phase build of the upgrade assitant.
Windows Team engineer Brandon LeBlanc writes Microsoft is continuing to "drive toward the RTM milestone."
Windows Team Blog
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RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
7/3/2012 1:21:33 AM
I want to BROWSE my start menu. Browse it. Wrap your mind around that. NO, I do not need an excuse to want to browse my menu, just like I don't need permission to browse anything else. WTF!
RE: 39$ to get of my start button?
7/3/2012 9:58:08 AM
Last I checked explorer was still there. Browse away buddy. Oh wait is that too much detail, so you want to "browse" it but not all the way to the file level.
ALL the start menu is is a list of shortcuts. PERIOD nothing actually existed on the start menu. What all you whiners are complaining about is that "browsing" your short cuts has changed. If you want an antiquated way to "browse" feel free to pop open explorer and get to clicking. Good god how can bigger, scale-able, searchable, completely customize-able ACTIVE icons be worse than at BEST the alphabetized list you get in WinXP-Win7?
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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