If you have Windows 7, Vista, or XP installed then Microsoft are giving you the chance to upgrade to Windows 8 at a cost that’s less than normal. Over the last few days Microsoft made an announcement that certain upgraders can benefit from one simple download that makes installing the new Windows 8 easier and cheaper, which brings the price down to $39.99 and should land on the same release date as the full priced software.
The launch date for different Windows 8 builds has not been announced just yet, although most of our readers know all the details thanks to Microsoft’s Consumer Preview at MWC 2012. If you missed it then you can see a video below this article from that showcase that runs for around 1 hour and 30 minutes, although some people feel that the changes being made will be too much and some familiarity could be lost.
When you upgrade to Windows 8 you will find an Upgrade Assistant helping you through the process, which will explain what upgrades need to be made and also quick changes that can be done to make Windows 8 run smoothly. If you are currently running Windows 7 then the upgrade will let bring applications, personal files, and settings with you to Windows 8. Windows Vista users can push their personal files and settings to the new system, although Windows XP users are only able to bring personal files with them during the upgrade.
If the download option is not for you then the price will be $69.99 from stores for physical media, although the idea of this has seen some discontent from upgraders, and some people cannot understand the big price difference. It is worth pointing out that this could be a limited time offer, although seeing what Apple did with their prices and the amount of computers software can be installed on gives hope for Windows users. While Microsoft has a much larger install base we are seeing an increasing number of people jumping to Mac OS X and it could be that Microsoft are trying to be more competitively priced.
What price should Windows 8 start from to make it a worthwhile upgrade for you, and will you upgrade to the latest OS when it is released?