The imminent launch of Windows 8 PC operating system has gotten existing Windows users excited. And now it is being reported that the new OS will be offered to the users for as little as $39.99. Computers running on Windows XP and higher will be compatible with the new OS. Older versions of Windows have been very heavy on the customer’s pockets, and this new pricing structure is rather contrasting. Windows 7 Home Premium was priced at $119 and the Ultimate version was set a price tag of $199. So looking at the complete change in pricing, it seems like Microsoft is learning from its past mistakes. Either way, the users are going to be very happy now that the new prices have been announced. It is hoped that this aggressive pricing structure will curb piracy to a certain extent.
Microsoft detailed the update download procedure in a blog post. “We believe that your upgrade experience in Windows 8 will be a breeze by offering a faster experience, a single upgrade path, and compatibility from prior versions of Windows”, a Microsoft rep mentioned in the post..
The $39.99 price tag is for the digital version of Windows 8 Pro downloadable directly from Microsoft’s servers. For users who prefer a physical disc of Windows 8 Pro, MS will charge you $69.99, which again isn’t much. Windows 8 is a major shift from older iterations of Windows bringing Metro UI to the table. Microsoft is looking to unify both the desktop and mobile version of Windows which was evident from the Surface tablets and the announcement of the Windows Phone 8 OS.
The company made a few early builds of Windows 8 available to the users which received generally favourable reviews. Making use of a new dedicated app hub called the Windows Store, developers are encouraged to build metro apps. Windows Store however doesn’t have too many apps to brag about, and Microsoft wants to change that.
Source: Windows Team Blog