Previously unpriced, upgrading to Windows 8 will cost $14.99.
Upgrading to Windows 8 will almost be a given considering the ultra low price (if true)
The Windows 8 upgrade program allows people who own Windows 7 to upgrade, usually for free. While a report suggests upgrading won’t be free, it’ll certainly be cheap at a cost of $14.99.
The report comes from Windows Supersite, who have been tipped off on the price. CNET previously posted an image that was apparently being sent around to OEMs, which told users how to redeem a coupon for the upgrade but didn’t reveal a price.
As CNET said back then, Windows Supersite also say the upgrade offer will be timed around the release of the Windows 8 Release Preview – the first week of June. Supersite mentions in its report that all Windows 7 upgrades will bump users up to Windows 8 Pro – previously known as Windows RT – which includes Windows Media Center.
Microsoft has revealed there will be four versions of Windows 8: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, a version when bought in but and Windows ARM for those devices. The last is the tablet version, and has prompted some users to ask why the desktop version of Windows 8 is being included considering previous versions of Windows haven’t been developed primarily for touch.
Supersite also adds that Microsoft will offer upgrades from Windows 8 Basic to Windows 8 Pro. As PCMag note, Windows 7 allows users to unlock Windows 7 Premium content at any time because it’s locked onto the disc. Microsoft may follow similar practice here.
Microsoft hasn’t confronted the issue of whether Vista users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8, but the company did prevent Windows XP users from upgrading to Windows 7.
Release Preview: critical period
The Consumer Preview has been positively received by Microsoft, but the period from the Release Preview to the full release seems critical. Microsoft has to get developers on board the operating system because there’s the need launch with momentum, which Microsoft hasn’t done with new operating systems such as Windows Phone. The OS is different, and Microsoft needs to make that known. They can’t portray themselves as chasing Apple, because consumers are totally comfortable buying that OS.