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: Doesn't offer enough over Windows 7
7/3/2012 12:36:22 PM
You don't have to use the Metro UI. I don't understand why this is soooooo difficult to understand.
RE: Doesn't offer enough over Windows 7
7/3/2012 1:01:17 PM
you may not have to use the tiles and can go to the start screen but its more cumbersome than the start button. As I said in my first post, its a great interface for a mobile platforms, media PCs but, to me its a step backwards for a desktop. Why not let people keep the start button in addition to the metro UI. To me its like a playstation controller. It works great as it is. Tweak it, fine, add features, fine, but do not scrap it for something else. Youre throwing the baby out with the bathwater here
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