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Microsoft will give consumers an option to upgrade their Windows operating systems to its latest offering, Windows 8, for as much as $40 (around £25).
The American software giant earlier revealed that buyers of Windows 7 PCs within a specific period will have the chance to get Windows 8 Professional for only $15 – UK customers need to pay more at £15.
Qualified Windows 7 PCs
An eligible Windows 7 machine is a new PC bought during the promo period with a valid Windows 7 OEM Certificate of Authenticity and product key for, and preinstalled with: Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate.
A qualifying Windows 7 PC must be bought between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013, while the last day for registration and order for the upgrade varies from country to country.
The promo price is limited to one upgrade offer per qualified PC, and a maximum limit of five upgrade offers per customer.
After customer registration and Microsoft validation, customers will receive a registration confirmation email.
Software Upgrade From Older OSs
While the offer will be limited to eligible customers who purchased a qualified PC, the upgrade may be installed on any compatible Windows-based PC with a qualifying operating system.
For the quick adoption of its new product, Microsoft now announces pricing information for upgrades from its older OSs: Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.
Each upgrade license will apply to only one PC and installed on PCs with a valid base license to a qualifying operating system.
The company says consumers have to pay $40 for a Windows 8 upgrade, without time limits.
The purchase of Windows 8 will include 90-days of free support from Microsoft, which will begin when Windows 8 installation and activation is completed.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 upgrade offer will be available through its online store and the quoted price will apply to downloaded copies of the OS.
Lower Cost For Upgrade
Although the company dropped the cost for upgrade at $40 compared with previous offers , it plays up how much effort Microsoft has to exert for current Windows customers to move to its latest operating system.
Microsoft previously charged more than $100 for upgrades to its latest operating systems, but the competitive market today pushed it to cut prices for a Windows 8 upgrade.
The company had already released Windows 8 to its partners and will put it on sale starting 26 October.
Source: Windows 8 Upgrade Offer
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