Windows 8 upgrade to cost $39.99
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Windows 8 upgrade to cost $39.99

Redmond : WA : USA | Jul 02, 2012 at 3:32 PM PDT
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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

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An upgrade to the most basic version of Windows 7 costs 120 dollars in the US
An upgrade to the most basic version of Windows 7 costs 120 dollars in the US
Joseph Thomas is based in Redwood City, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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