Microsoft has begun taking orders for the new version of Windows. The very low upgrade price only applies to users who purchased a new PC in the last couple months, from June 2 to the present.
However, even though you are placing an order for a digital file, you won't have access to it for another couple months.
"Starting on October 26, we will start sending out promo codes via email with purchase instructions," Microsoft explained.
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.
The most distinct aspect of Windows 8 is a special version of the user interface which allows users to have complete customization on their home page, including widgets, RSS readers, weather information, date/time, etc.
In addition, since this is such a revolutionary new platform, Microsoft wants to scrap out all remnants of the "old-school" look and feel. Instead of a Start bar, hovering your mouse over that corner of the screen will allow you to swap between the Metro UI and the traditional desktop. For the mobile version of Windows 8, the new UI will be the default interface.
Surface will be Microsoft's own first-party line of tablets powered by Windows 8.