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Microsoft Announces Windows 8 Upgrade Under $40

Microsoft today announced the price for current Windows users to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, and the news is rather startling. If you’re a current Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 user, you will be able to upgrade your current version of Windows to Windows 8 Pro through an online upgrade process for just $39.99! If you prefer to have your upgrade on physical media, you will be able to purchase a DVD backup as part of the online upgrade process for an additional $15 or buy an upgrade pack in retail stores for $69.99. This pricing will be in effect with the initial general availability of Windows 8 through January 31, 2013.

Windows Media Center users should also note that Media Center will be available for free to those who purchase this upgrade using the “Add Features” option in Windows after the upgrade is complete.

Microsoft has not yet released it’s suggested retail pricing for Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, but with this initial promotion in place, they’ve eliminated one of the biggest hurdles for consumers to upgrade: the price.

Source: Windows Team Blog

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Richard is a product experience consultant with a life-long interest in consumer electronics. He has been immersed in smart home tech for decades now and hosts The DMZ's home automation podcast, Home: On and co-hosts Entertainment 2.0 with Josh Pollard. Richard looks at products through an experience lens, always seeking the right mix of utility and delight.