Microsoft have announced that its offering a special promotion for users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 who want to upgrade to Windows 8.
“We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8,” Microsoft communications manager Brandon LeBlanc wrote. “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.”
“You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and bring everything along which includes your Windows settings, personal files, and apps. If you are upgrading from Windows Vista, you will be able to bring along your Windows settings and personal files, and if you are upgrading from Windows XP you will only be able to bring along your personal files.”
The upgrade will be available beginning at the general availability of Windows 8 (expected to be in October) and running through Jan. 31, 2013.
The cost will be $39.99 via Windows.com, or $69.99 on DVD through local retailers.
As part of the promotion, customers can also add Windows Media Center through the “add features” option within the product.
Unfortunately, there’s a catch: to expedite market adoption, Microsoft is calling this pricing a “promotion,” which ends January 31, 2013. Post-promotion pricing isn’t clear or likely even established yet. The bottom line: upgrade your system before January 31, 2013.