Microsoft has not revealed the retail price of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system yet. What the Redmond company has revealed up to this point is a promotional offer for existing Windows users who plan to upgrade their systems to Windows 8. This offer is interesting for a number of reasons. For one, it allows Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro regardless of the operating system they are currently using. If you look back at how Windows 7 upgrades were handled, you may remember that you could only upgrade to specific Windows 7 versions depending on the XP or Vista version you were already using.
So, upgrading has been simplified significantly here. The second surprise came in form of the upgrade price of $39.99 which is extremely low, even for a promotional offer. If you look at how much a Microsoft Windows 7 Professional upgrade costs retail, you will notice that this is only a fraction of that.
A screenshot leaked today that may show the retail price of a Windows 8 Pro digital download. While it has not been confirmed by Microsoft, and we are pretty sure it won’t, it looks genuine enough and would fit right into the ballpark figure that we expected the Windows 8 Pro download to retail for.
A price of €59.99 Euros could mean that that customers from the United States would have to pay anywhere between $59.99 to $74.99 for the digital download of the operating system. This gets them the a Windows 8 Pro product key and a digital download of the operating system. A physical copy on DVD would set you back another €14.99, which is about $18.99 in US Dollars.
It may take another month or so before Microsoft reveals the retail prices of Windows 8, and it will be interesting to see how the price compares to the one leaked today. It can also be that we will see promotional offers as well, like a return of the popular Family Pack option that gets you three licenses for a great price.