Microsoft Announces Windows 8 Upgrade for $39.99
Article by George Norman
On 04 Jul 2012
At the start of the week Microsoft explained that it wants users from 131 markets across the world to be able to upgrade to Windows 8 once the operating system reaches General Availability (GA). That is why it will run a promotion and give Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users the opportunity to download a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for the low price of $39.99. Windows 8 Pro is the Windows 8 edition meant to be used in a business environment by professionals.

To sweeten the deal, Microsoft even threw in Windows Media Center for free. After you upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, you can get Windows Media Center for free via the “add features” option.


The Windows 8 upgrade will be made available for purchase on the website. To help you switch from your current Windows version to Windows 8 Pro, a Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will show up and guide you through the upgrade process – the whole process, from purchasing the upgrade to downloading it onto your machine to installing it.

“We believe that your upgrade experience in Windows 8 will be a breeze by offering a faster experience, a single upgrade path, and compatibility from prior versions of Windows,” explained Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc. “We have simplified the Windows upgrade experience with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which supports you during your upgrade with everything from selecting your language to pausing your download to built-in compatibility checks - it’s seamless,” he added.

This “upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99” promo runs through January 31st, 2013. During this period a packaged DVD version of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade will be available for purchase in local stores for $69.99.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 8, upgrade, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
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