Today Microsoft have announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 users will be able to download the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for a mere $39.99.
This is significantly cheaper than what it normally costs to upgrade to a new version of Windows. This special offer only applies to those who buy it online, if you want a boxed DVD version of it you’ll be paying out $69.99 at retail, which still isn’t bad.
However this special offer will run for a limited time only, Microsoft seem to have set a deadline of January 31st 2013. The download will be available in 37 different languages in over 100 countries around the world. Microsoft have also made it as simple as possible for users to upgrade to Windows 8 as well as being affordable.
When you purchase via windows.com you will launch the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, designed to walk you through every step of the way.
You can pause and resume your download, burn it to a disk, create an image on a USB or save the download for later use. It will then ask you what files and settings you want to keep (what you can keep depends on the operating system you’re upgrading from)
The tool will also let you know if you’re computer is compatible with Windows 8 and if there is going to be any issues with drivers that need to be resolved.
This is a great promotion by Microsoft to try and get Windows 8 sales off to a flying start. A price point of $39.99 is certainly quite appealing to customers who are unsure of whether or not to upgrade to Windows 8. It’s certainly a lot more affordable then the couple of hundred dollars we’re used to paying for Windows 7 Ultimate.
Of course this will be a limited time offer so be sure to take advantage of it when Windows 8 is finally released.