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.