Microsoft announces Windows 8 prices
Microsoft Corporation has announced the prices of its soon to be launched operating system Windows 8. The software giant has set the price for an upgrade to the full version of Windows 8 at US$ 70 for a DVD pack. Microsoft has also started taking pre-orders for Windows 8.
If you wish to wait for the launch of Windows 8 on October 26, then you will have to pay US$ 40, an offer price that will be valid till January end. Computers currently powered by Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8.
The pricing of Windows 8 will be as follows:
• Windows 8 Pro - Upgrade online only until Jan 31, 2013 - US$ 39.99
• Windows 8 Pro - Product Key Card Only - US$ 69.99
• Windows 8 Pro - Upgrade - US$ 69.99
• Windows 8 Pro - Full Version OEM - US$ 139.99
• Windows 8 RT - Full Version OEM - US$ 99.99
You can pre-order the software pack online at Microsoft’s own stores, Amazon.com, Best Buy, and Staples. The price of the full software to install from scratch has not yet been announced by Microsoft. If you buy, or already bought, a Windows 7 PC between June 2 and the end of January 2013, you will get an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just US$ 15. This promotional move was designed to prevent a drop in sales of Windows 7-based computers before the release of Windows 8 operating system.
According to Microsoft, computer makers such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Samsung and Sony have also started taking pre-orders for computers with Windows 8 pre-installed.
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