Microsoft is still remaining coy on the price for its Windows Pro upgrade for Windows 8, the company’s next-generation version of the 25-year-old operating system. Amazon is setting the price at £49, so we’ll have to see whether the price changes.
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We’re not sure when Microsoft will announced the pricing for version of Windows 8, though we know Microsoft jumped the gun
Microsoft is offering digital and physical upgrades to Windows 8 for $39.99 and $69.99 respectively, and as low as $14.99 if you’re buying an eligible Windows 7 PC by February 2013. Amazon.co.uk listed the Windows Pro version of Windows 8 for £49.99, so consumers will be interest to see whether Microsoft sets similar pricing.
The version of Windows Pro is physical, so no day-and-date downloading of Windows 8. It seems like buying Windows 8 in physical form is costly compared to a digital download. We’ve seen with companies like Apple the success of setting new versions of an operating system for $20, in the case of Mountain Lion.
Amazon may not know the price of Windows 8 yet, so this seems purely like guesswork. A price for Windows 8 is unconfirmed, though the upcoming September event may make references to Windows 8.
As is normal for Amazon, the company is offering a guarantee that lower pricing will be matched if customers pre-orders Windows 8 Pro today. We’ll have to see what happens if Microsoft announces a higher price.
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Considering this is the upgrade version of Windows 8 Pro, I don’t see the price being considerably higher. Windows 8 Pro in stores is $69.99, and upgrading after buying a Windows 7 PC is just under $15. Taking the sum of the prices and halving it results in $42.49.
Microsoft confirmed for U.S. upgraders that the three-month price of $39.99 is available until January 31, 2013. Windows 7’s pricing became available 120 days before official availability. Sixty days remain before the Windows 8 launch.
Recent rumors claimed Microsoft will offer Windows 8 Pro in retail form for $200, after a three-month promotion at the low price of $79.99. Getting users invested into Windows 8 as quickly as possible is vital to encouraging app development
Windows 8 launches October 26.
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