Acer have announced that they will be offering their users free upgrades to Windows 8 Pro if they purchase an Acer Ultrabook with Windows 7 now. The deal applies on the Acer Aspire M3, M5, S3 and S5 and is valid for any devices purchased between June 2nd and January 31st 2013, the same period as Microsoft’s Windows 8 upgrade deal.
Microsoft’s own upgrade scheme entitles users to a copy of Windows 8 Pro when it’s released for just $14.99 if they purchase a Windows 7 machine now. Microsoft will also be offering upgrades to all users with a copy of either Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP for just $39.99 when Windows 8 is released, sometime in October.
Acer won’t be supplying you with a copy of Windows 8 directly however. The way the process will work is as follows:
You claim your upgrade to Windows 8 Pro at the special price of $14.99 via Microsoft’s website. Once you’ve paid and received your copy of Windows 8, you can then go to Acers Windows Refund site and submit an application to have that $14.99 refunded.
The latest Acer Ultrabook deserves the latest operating system, so upgrade your Acer Ultrabook to Windows 8 through the Microsoft Upgrade Program and then Acer will refund the cost of your upgrade,
It’s a nice gesture from Acer in fairness, they have worked hard in the Ultrabook category, trying to push these new breed of laptops into the market.
Windows 8 is a steal anyway as it is, Microsoft has never sold an OS for as cheap as the $39.99 that Windows 8 will cost, so it’s certainly worthwhile to upgrade to it.