Microsoft Windows 8 Upgrades Cost $39.99 for XP, Vista or Windows 7 Users
Microsoft is running a promotion where Windows 8 upgrades will cost only $39.99 for users moving from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.Microsoft has announced that upgrades to Windows 8 from previous versions of the operating system will go for $39.99 via download and $69.99 if purchased in a store. The low-cost upgrade is positioned as a promotion available only from the time Windows 8 ships this fall until Jan. 31, 2013, Microsoft said. Users running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 will be able to download Windows 8 Pro in 131 markets.
Microsoft also is allowing users to add Windows Media Center for free after the upgrade. In addition, upgrading customers have the option of purchasing a backup Windows 8 DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.
So with no phone, content, or killer apps to drive Windows 8 sales, Microsoft needs to go cheap, and hope it comes out ok in the end. If it all works, and we end up with a Marketplace full of apps, an Xbox full of tunes and video, and a phone and a Surface and a desktop all running Windows 8, Microsoft will have hit that big bet theyve been making. If not? Well thats why were here, either way it will be fun to find out!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, LeBlanc said. Weve continued to listen to our customers and have expanded the ability to download to over 100 countries and 37 languages. In addition, LeBlanc said users not upgrading from a previous version of Windows and are building their own PC or installing Windows 8 in a virtual machine or a separate partition will be able to purchase and install the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder product. Pricing for this option was not disclosed.