Microsoft is really working hard to get Windows 8 into everyone’s hands once it is released. A few weeks ago, they announced that if you purchase a qualifying Windows 7 computer between June 2012 and January 31, 2013, you are eligible to purchase a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 once it is available. Whatever computer you buy today, as long as it meets the requirements, you can purchase the Windows 8 Pro upgrade. This link provides more information about the Windows Upgrade Offer.
Not in the market for a new computer? No problem. Microsoft has also announced that if your current computer is running a valid copy of Windows XP (yes, even XP users can get in on this upgrade action), Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. If you are the type who prefers to go into a local store like Best Buy, you can purchase a DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99. Furthermore, this offer includes a free option to add Windows Media Center as well. This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and in stores runs through January 31, 2013. More information about this promotion is at this link.
Something else that is also worth noting is that Microsoft has decided to offer the “higher-end” Windows 8 Pro edition for these promotions instead of trying to offer the version of Windows 8 that most closely matches the version of Windows a user has on their computer. This makes things less confusing. For example, users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.
Whether you love or hate Microsoft, you have to admit that they are taking the upcoming release of Windows 8 very seriously. I’ve been pleased with my results of testing and using Windows 8 on various hardware over the past few months. No reason not to give it try considering how cheap and easy Microsoft is making it for everyone to get.