According to reports, Microsoft will kick off Windows 8 upgrade program for Windows 7 PC buyers in early June. But this one, unlike the previous deals, will come with a price tag. CNET said that the program will provide upgrade to Windows 8 at a discounted rate for anyone purchasing a new Windows 7 powered PC from June 2012 to January 2013. CNET said that the upgrade offer would let Windows 7 system buyers purchase Windows 8 Pro, which is the highest price edition sold at retail, for an undisclosed amount. The offer will be debuted at the same time Microsoft launches Windows 8 Release Preview, which the company told will be by June first week. If Microsoft follows the same schedule as it did with Windows 7’s release in 2009, it would be probably by June 5.
Three years ago, Microsoft had run a similar program like this for upgrading from Vista to Windows 7, which was a repeat of 2006 deal promising the buyers of Windows XP machines an upgrade to Windows Vista. Both the deals provided the newer operating system for no cost at all or for a very less amount. It wouldn’t matter much whether Windows 8 upgrade comes with a fee attached or for free, said the retail software analyst for the NPD Group, Stephen Baker. Baker said in an email reply to questions: “Consumers have short memories,” “Even I don’t remember exactly what happened last time, [so] how could a consumer remember? They will take the upgrade and it if suits their needs they will use it. If not, they will not.”
Microsoft laid the groundwork for upgrading Windows 8 already. Accompanying the CNET story, a URL was seen in a screenshot, which was registered by Microsoft recently. It was activated by Microsoft on Feb. 22, 2012 from the WHOIS search of the domain. If the user browse to this URL, it will redirect him to a Bing results page which would normally appear if one search for the phrase “windowsupgradeoffer”. Bing is Microsoft’s search engine. Baker said that Upgrade programs are very much important to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), and thus to Microsoft.
So, that was some news on the upgrades to Windows 8 operating system. Thank you for reading. Adios!