On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled the pricing for the upcoming versions of Windows 8.1. The pricing of the updated operating system remains somewhat competitive, but leaves many new users to Windows 8.1 with a pricey update and a lot of questions to answer ahead of time.
Microsoft in a blog post announced that the upcoming version of Windows 8.1 will run users $119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro will cost $199.99. Users will be able to download these versions from Microsoft or purchase them at retail stores on DVD’s in late October.
Full Version Available
What makes the higher price appealing to some is that Microsoft is unveiling the Windows 8.1 as a full version software. Users will not have to have a previous version of Windows on their computers to use it, and users will be able to purchase these versions to run in virtual machines in specific a Mac or Linux environment if they choose. This gives specific hardcore users reasons to like the pricing.
Upgrading To Windows 8.1: Not So Easy
Users going from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 might find upgrading a little difficult. Those who have tested the RTM release or want to upgrade will have to reinstall their desktop apps. However, those users who are going from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 will not have to reinstall anything and that upgrade pattern seems to be the most efficient for users and reinstalling apps.
Pro Pack and Windows Media Center Add-Ons
For those users who buy systems or Windows 8.1 devices can purchase a pro-pack for $99.99 which includes support for Windows Media Center. Microsoft is also making the Windows Media Center available to those buyers for a $9.99 addition. This will make those users happy and give them additions to their purchases to enjoy.
Also in the blog announcement, Microsoft announced that RTM bits of Windows 8.1 are available to developers and they will not be offering any cheaper upgrades to Windows 8.1. As noted by a Microsoft blogger, some might want to buy a copy of Windows 8 and then move to Windows 8.1 for free, and that works for some adventurous users if they choose that path, which many might choose.