By Vamien McKalin | Jul 05, 2012 01:38 PM EDT
Microsoft is showing signs of willingness to do whatever it takes to get consumers to buy into Windows 8 and its new Metro interface. Since its initiation back in 2011, the OS has gotten mixed views on Microsoft's choice to make Windows 8 an all-in-one operating system, a move that could make or break the company's hopes of winning the tablet battle. Microsoft's latest push to garner consumer interest is making upgrading from previous versions of Windows to Windows 8 cheaper, and hey, who doesn't like cheap? Especially if it is $39.99 cheap.
Persons with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 will qualify for the upgrade which would see them bumping up to Windows 8 Pro. What's cool about this upgrade is not only the $39.99 price tag, but the free Windows Media Center upgrade which can be selected via the "Add Features To Windows 8" section.
Something important to note. The Windows 8 Pro upgrade at the $39.99 cost is only available via download and Upgrade Assistant. A packaged DVD of Window 8 will set you back a mean $69.99, so you best get your credit card ready to purchase this bad boy via the relevant download sites. Sadly, not everyone in the Windows ecosystem are eligible to take advantage of this, as it is only available in 131 markets; Microsoft didn't mention if plans to expand is in the pipeline at this time.
According to Microsoft. "You will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file, which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling."
This offer will not last forever; it will run through January 31, 2013. This is definitely, where the race is for the swift, and not who can endure.
Windows 8 Pro upgrade settings, files, apps migration details:
Will you be diving in head first in Windows 8, or sticking it though with Windows 7 till Windows 9 comes along in the next 3-4 years?
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