Microsoft has got some sweet news for Windows users who wish to upgrade to the latest OS which is expected to be released in October 2012. As per the announcement on their blog post users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just under $40, (US $39.99) from a valid Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 PC. Users in 131 markets will be eligible for this offer, although the list of markets are yet to be announced.
Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro: Promotion
Users will need to make the upgrade purchase via Windows.com when it becomes available and the offer remains valid until the end of January 2013. The Microsoft team has set up the remarkable Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to make the transition smooth and easy. Users who wish to create a backup DVD or create a backup on a USB stick can do so as part of the installation process. There’s even the option of buying a backup DVD for $15. Users can also purchase a packaged DVD version from the local store for $69.99 during the promotion period.
There’s further good news for Media Center lovers. Since Windows 8 will no longer have Windows Media Center integrated within the OS, users who find value in the application can download it for free using the Add features option that is available within Windows 8 Pro.
Finally users who do not have a prior version of Windows, or users who want to build their own PC, install Windows 8 on a virtual machine or separate partition will have to purchase Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System builder product to complete the installation.
To know what version of Windows 8 you are eligible to upgrade to, check out our previous post Windows 8 Upgrade Plans and start focusing on whether you are ready to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.
As Microsoft prepares to roll out its RTM version, check out this space for more news and updates on availability and more in the coming days.