Windows 8 upgrades to be truly affordable

  • If you want to get the new version of Windows later this year, you'll be able to do so without spending an arm and a leg. In fact, you can take your existing version of Microsoft's operating system - XP, Vista, or Windows 7 - and bump it up to Windows 8 for just $39.99.

    That makes it the cheapest upgrade ever for a new version of Windows. "We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. When you use 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," the company wrote in a blog post.

    The $40 price applies to customers who buy the upgrade as a digital download on Microsoft's website. Those who go to a store and purchase the packaged retail version of the OS will have to pay $70.

    According to Microsoft, these are promotional sale prices intended to get as many early adopters as possible. After January 31, 2013, the prices will go up.

    Windows 8 will be unlike any previous version of Microsoft's operating system because it will have a dedicated focus on tablets that will be separate from the standard PC version.

    Microsoft has a lot of ambition with Windows 8, and with a complete interface overhaul and functionality up the wazoo, it does have a chance to make a splash.

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