Microsoft announces official Windows 8 Pro upgrade pricing
Microsoft has announced that, as of today, reservations are open for retail packaged DVD upgrades to Windows 8 Pro, costing $69.99 from select retailers in the United States.
Microsoft is offering the update in retail packaging with five different 'vibrant illustrations'; more significantly, it says its retail packaging for the upgrade DVDs is now made from paper. The change has allowed it to make an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use.
Pre-orders in the US can be made via Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, and the Microsoft Store - and I'm sure there will be other locations where you can pre-order as well. Shoppers who feel the need to pre-order today and have a DVD will pay more than people who wait a few more weeks and upgrade online.
Microsoft says that on October 26, users will be able to upgrade using Windows.com via the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant for $39.99. Online upgrades to Windows 8 Pro are supported in 140 different countries worldwide with 37 languages and 23 different supported currencies. The special upgrade pricing will end on January 31, 2013.
Microsoft is also talking up the ability for consumers to pre-order new Windows 8 PCs and devices from various OEM partners starting today. OEM partners offering pre-orders on Windows 8 PCs today include Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung, and Sony. People who purchased a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99, starting on October 26.