Taking a bite out of Apple’s playbook yet again, Microsoft unveiled pricing for their new operating system, Windows 8. During an official blog post, the company claims users can upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 – essentially any OS prior to Windows 8.
Additionally, Windows 8 will be sold exclusively online via Windows.com. Like Apple did with OS X Lion, Microsoft encourages users to download the upgrade directly from the Internet, with the option to purchase a backup DVD for $15, plus shipping and handling. If you prefer to install using a physical disc, Windows 8 Pro will sell for $69.99 in retail stores.
Unfortunately, there’s a catch: to expedite market adoption, Microsoft is calling this pricing a “promotion,” which ends January 31, 2013. Post-promotion pricing isn’t clear or likely even established yet. The bottom line: upgrade your system before January 31, 2013