Microsoft is well on its way to usher in a new age of computing with its latest offering on the cards which is Windows 8. Windows 8 is an operating system which is more attuned to cater to the demands of a touch screen systems such as the tablet, smart phones and the like. But it also has been altered to fit into the average desktop user.
Thanks to the aggressive marketing stance from Microsoft, Windows 8 upgrade is now officially available at an extremely attractive price of $40. This offer is of a limited period and it can only be availed by Windows XP users or users of Microsoft operating systems released after XP.
More on the Upgrade
Now the upgrade is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 8 users at a price for $39.99. The upgrade is available for 131 markets and is only limited to purchase via their official website. The offer holds only till January 31, 2013. Now the Windows 8 Pro version is also available in DVD format and will still only cost around US $70 throughout the duration of the promotion period that lasts up to January 31st.
Brandon Lebanc from Microsoft explains the details
Here are some of the important details as revealed by Brandon Lebanc on his blog:
- Users who want to upgrade to Windows 8 can choose to have a “clean install”.
- Users with Windows XP can only keep personal files.
- Users with Windows Vista can keep setting and personal files.
- Users with Windows 7 can upgrade from any consumer edition and could keep their setting, personal files, and applications.
He also goes on to state that the Windows 8 will be offering its users a faster experience, a single upgrade path and most importantly, easy compatibility from the older versions of Windows. Also is the fact that the Windows 8 upgrade assistant coming preinstalled in
the upgrade package shall help the user along the way. The upgrade will be available for download in over 100 countries and in 37 different languages.
Now this is a project of epic proportions and a calculated risk from Microsoft, taken all for the benefit of its enormous user base. With its aggressive pricing it obviously plans to lure the customers to their way. And it is almost certain that the user base is only to benefit out of this deal.