Microsoft has officially revealed pricing of its Windows 8 Pro upgrade for users of the existing platform versions Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Over the web upgrades to the latest revision of the popular PC based version of operating platform will cost $39.99 (around £25 GBP) and users will be given the option to add the upgrades to their current software or to install fully from scratch without the overlap and clutter of files that comes with this. The price applies only to the Window 8 Pro edition which offers enhancements for Intel x86/x64 based computer users and introducing a range of new features such PC management, encryption, virtualization and Microsoft Media Center. This offer will run until the unspecified Windows * release and January 2013.
If you’re well into Windows and want a boxed version to bring not only your PC but also your nerdy collection up to date, Microsoft will send you a physical DVD copy with box for thirty bucks extra at $69.99 (no more than £45).
Windows 8 will be the most versatile refresh in the operating system’s twenty-seven year history for the first time reaching out onto tablet computers or “slates” (such as the recently announced Microsoft branded Surface range) and will be available in three versions for PC including upgrades to Windows 8 Pro (as mentioned above) and Windows 8 RT – as well as the full version for new installers.
With Microsoft offering easy access for upgraders and new span into handheld touchscreen tech market, the company’s excitable CEO Steve Ballmer has suggested that Windows 8 has claimed 7% of the world’s population will be running the platform by 2014 – Despite the OS still having no confirmed release date other than speculation it will launch around October.
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