Microsoft Announces Downloadable Windows 8 Pro Update Will Cost $39.99

Microsoft Announces Downloadable Windows 8 Pro Update Will Cost $39.99

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Microsoft has announced that it will offer a downloadable Windows 8 Pro update for $39.99.

We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the "add features" option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.

This upgrade pricing is much lower than Microsoft typically charges; however, Apple has already announced plans to offer OS X Mountain Lion in July from the Mac App Store for $19.99 (US).

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Microsoft Announces Downloadable Windows 8 Pro Update Will Cost $39.99
Crunch - July 4, 2012 at 1:30pm
Matroska is right. Get a life. I'll pick up on a couple of your erroneous statements anyway, just real quick: Not including USB 3.0 earlier was a choice, not a limitation. I don't use it now that I have USB 3.0, as I much prefer the incredible power, speed, and versatility of Thunderbolt, which Macs have had exclusively for almost 18 months. You can personalize OS X to death but with regards to Windows 7, I agree, it's a good OS, which is why I run it as part of my dual-boot setup. If I need to use it real quick, I am actually able to open my Windows 7 partition inside a virtual machine and do what I need to do without even rebooting. Lastly, my Windows 7 WEI scores are 7.3/7.3/7.9/7.6/7.8...out of a possible 7.9. What was that about Apple not embracing new technology? As for Windows 8, it will not work. I've only been a Mac guy for 2 years and before switching to Windows 7 RTM in July 2009, I was actually one of the few people who liked Windows Vista. Windows ME, however, the shortest-running OS in history, I did not like and that's what Windows 8 is being compared to more so even than Vista. By Windows people. (No, really!) I think Windows Phone 8 might have a better chance at succeeding than Windows 8. Although if you follow Nokia at all, it's certainly not a good sign that they're "evaluating fall-back options" and "worst-case scenarios" concerning its "partnership" with Microsoft and Windows Phone 8. That's not how you want your hardware partner talking about your OS. Speaking of infuriating your hardware partners, I have a final note regarding our planet: I sincerely hope that Microsoft's Surface tablets are Energy Star 5-compliant, free of PVC, BFR, as well as other environmentally un-friendly components, because those babies are going straight 6ft. under the Surface. Have you seen Google I/O? If the Surface is priced anywhere north of $199, nobody will buy them. If Microsoft wants one last hurrah, raise the price of Windows 8 by at least triple. ... Wait a minute, perhaps Microsoft is having a crisis of conscience and realizing that Win 8 is barely worth $39? On second thought, naahhh, probably just another one in a series of bad choices and decisions.
Dancj - July 3, 2012 at 7:40am
If I could have had Windows 7 that cheap I would have actually paid for it. As it is I'm not at all convince by Metro on a mouse-driven desktop so think I'll skip it for now. Maybe...
Armani - July 3, 2012 at 2:19pm
Windows8 is actually the way forward - people should stop complaining you have the best of both worlds, i think people are forgetting the fact that you have both the metro style or normal style modes... Windows 8 is a PC and thats all part of being a PC is to have the versatility. Apple is ok but it can never never ever be compared to PC why? well because PCs are affordable more powerful and you don't need to wait a whole year product cycle to get the latest technology. Infact PC embrace new technology. Examples why PC are awesome 1. Gaming on PC are fast, smooth and enough able, the recent macbook pro retina can't even handle games like call of duty. 2. it took apple nearly 2 years to finally put USB 3.0 3. Apple computers are lock down!! you can't do much with out at all.. can you change themes? can you have all the powerful applications as windows NO 4. Microsoft office is a key applications. 5. Windows make software - so they make the best software. having a $39.99 upgrade option you would be a fool not to upgrade. I have been using the Windows Beta and then release candidate and i have to say its beautiful and absolute joy to do things, its all fluid, fast and fun... your e-mails, contacts, calendar, photos everything just works so seamlessly together.
Matroska - July 3, 2012 at 2:49pm
What the heck is wrong with you dude. The post you replied to doesn't even have the word "Apple" mentioned, yet you went on bashing Apple and OSX and praising Windows. Retards who are not capable of using OSX and all it's advanced features cry like you did. Are you getting paid by Microsoft or are you just a Windows fanboy. Get a life!!
bd - July 3, 2012 at 7:10pm
I think he probably mentioned apple because the original comment stated he wouldn't be switching to W8, and this is an apple blog, implying he's using OS X over windows. Apple hardware and OS X are both really nice, got a MacBook pro myself that I love, but if you think a mac is better than a windows PC overall, taking into account factors like hardware customisation, range of software, cost, capability etc. you're ignorantly blinded by your love for apple, and frankly just naive.
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