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 4:48:55 AM
I have been using the preview versions for months now and I like most of it.
At first it is very annoying to be without the start menu and it program menu tree and if I could that would still be there like since Windows 95. After a while I find my self finding apps just as fast using the "search" function in Windows 8 because it simply fills the screen with all the programs plus offering a searh function, picking the needed program from all the icons is fast and maybe even faster than with the old start-menu. I don't use the "phone" page of Win 8 to other than pick the first program after a reboot after which I get the desktop.
Overall I like most of the new in Win 8 but the best Win 8 would really be a Win 7 with the new features like the file copy progress bars and such (and not the phone interface). I guess Microsoft won't let us have that and even if Win 8 was free I would say upgrading from 7 is not worth it. Moving from say XP to Win7 or Win8 then I'd say only do it if needed and if so then look careful before you choose which OS.
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