Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

Sep 9, 2014   //   by Richard   //   IT  //  Comments Off on Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

Microsoft has announced that they “continue to drive toward the RTM (Release to Manufacturers) milestone for Windows 8” and plan on releasing Windows 8 to consumers in or before October 2012. There seems to be a general census that Windows 8 will be a very important release for Microsoft, particularly in relation to whether its mobile strategy starts paying dividends and allows Microsoft to better compete with Apple and Google.

Depending on who you listen to, some love Windows 8 while others…shall we say don’t like it so much. One aspect of Windows 8 that everyone seems to like is the limited time upgrade price of $39.99. On July 2, 2012 Brandon LeBlanc announced on the Windows Team Blog (posting is no longer up) that “if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 [which really should be everyone on Windows] you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets.”

Previously Microsoft announced that Windows Media Center will no longer be included with Windows 8 but could be purchased separately. Notwithstanding, Microsoft has announced that during the promotional period, Windows 8 users will be able to download a copy of the Windows Media Center for free.

Microsoft has advised that the installation procedure has changed and that Windows 8 will only install on a computer that already has Windows installed on it. There is a process to do a clean install, but it appears to be a lot more involved then the current process. It is important to note that this will be a limited time promotion that will expire on January 31, 2013. If you prefer, when Windows 8 is released to consumers you can purchase a DVD version of the upgrade at your local store. Microsoft does not advise what the upgrade cost will be come February 1, 2013.

So what do you think? Is $39.99 low enough for you to upgrade your computers?

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