Raise your hands if you saw this coming? Microsoft announced today that upgrading to Windows 8 Pro will only cost $40.
We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.
When you use Windows.com to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes upgrading simple by walking you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then of course installation.
Time will tell if it’ll really be simple to upgrade, because nothing is ever simple with Microsoft. But, this is a good deal and should sway people on the fence to upgrade early — like myself.
If you prefer to use the DVD version of the upgrade it will cost $70 during the promotion, which runs through Jan. 31, 2013. With Apple charging only $30 for an OS upgrade every year, I can’t imagine Microsoft can do anything differently to stay competitive. Smaller, yearly releases costing minimal amounts of money is a better approach.