Microsoft Offers Windows 8 Upgrade Deals

OK, tablet converts. When’s the last time you took out your trusty old Windows-based laptop to read email or search the Web? A week  ago? A month ago? Hmm, that’s what we thought.

Still, you might  be interested in the good  deals Microsoft will be offering to upgrade to its' new, slicker and  more efficient  Windows 8 operating system.

So, also, will us workhorses (and old school computer-ites) who dutifully tap it out daily on a Windows machine.

 Windows 8 software isn’t set for release until  October 26. Yet a Microsoft blog post  this week shared that a  bargain, $14.99   upgrade  to Windows 8 Pro is already  available for preorder  for   recent  (June 2 forward) and  upcoming purchasers  of Windows 7 PCs. (To qualify foir the deal you gotta  enter the computer’s 25 character product key.)  This timing  suggests  Microsoft hopes to jump start computer sales for the back-to-school set. .

Surprisingly good OS upgrade deals also are in the works for  owners of older Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 computers, reported The Verge yesterday, citing “one source familiar with Microsoft’s plans.” . Seasoned PC'ers can manage an upgrade  to Windows 8 Professional  for a mere $39.99, through January 31, 2013.

And Microsoft,will  initially price an upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 at retail, increasing to $99.99  next year.

These fees represent major cuts from past Windows operating system upgrades and are more in keeping with Apple’s latest  $20 upgrade for Mountain Lion (good for five licenses.)

 In 2009, Microsoft demanded $119.99 to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium; $199.99 to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional;  $219.99  to bump up to Windows 7 Ultimate.  A pre-release deal, available  for just two weeks,  went for  $49.99 for a Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade,  $99.99 for Windows 7 Professional.