When Microsoft released Windows 8 last year they announced a limited time offer pricing for those who would want to upgrade to the latest OS. A lot of people thought that this “limited time” will last indefinitely however the latest announcement of the company has changed this. Company officials have announced today that starting January 31 the promotional $39.99 pricing will end.
If you still haven’t upgraded to Windows 8 and are planning to do so must do it before the said date otherwise you will have to pay the regular price.
The company has already released a new pricing scheme which will take effect this coming February 1.
- Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition costs $199.99.
- Windows 8 upgrade edition costs $119.99
- Windows 8 Pro Pack costs $99.99
- Windows 8 Media Center costs $9.99
In comparison, before February 1 the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro costs $39.99, Windows 8 Pro Pack is $69.99 while the Windows 8 Media Center is free of charge.
The adoption of Windows 8 on PC’s has been slow so far despite selling more than 60 million licenses. When the new pricing scheme takes into effect sales will definitely slow down some more. If given a choice between purchasing a $200 license or adding a couple of dollars more to get a new computer running on Windows 8 then I’m sure a lot of people will choose the latter option.
Windows 8 is the latest operating system of Microsoft that was released last October 26. It’s designed to be used in a wide variety of devices from desktops, laptops, tablets as well as home theater PC’s. The most noticeable feature in this OS is the use of a touch friendly user interface. It also departs from the traditional user interface and instead uses a new Metro design interface where the start screen replaces the start menu.
The introduction of this OS brought about hybrid devices coming from manufacturers that combines both features of tablets and laptops.