Windows 8 is considered the biggest upgrade of Microsoft’s operating system for PCs, tablets and laptops for at least 17 years since Windows 95 was born. Over the last few months, we heard many rumors about the release date of Windows 8. Most of them say that the new Microsoft’s OS would be available this September and in fact, the predictions are pretty close.
At the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada, the Windows CFO Tami Reller announced Windows 8 will be on track to RTM (Released To Manufacturing) in less than a month, or the first week of August. Then, it will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide in October, that means we will get hands on Windows 8 devices by late October.
Windows 8 Upgrade Price
This will be the cheapest upgrade price ever. Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $40 USD. However, that’s not the cheapest price we can get Windows 8. If you buy a PC with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate after June 2, 2012, you will be able to get downloadable upgrade for an amazing low price of $15. The Windows 8 upgrade price on DVD (in retail packaging) is $68.88 on Amazon now. The special promotion will run through January 31, 2013. Each user can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro on maximum 5 PCs. The limit is set to prevent businesses from taking advantage of the low prices.
Within the last few days, some people are wondering that if we can take advantage of the offer by installing Windows 8 Release Preview first, then upgrading for the discounted price. Unfortunately, Microsoft’s just said no to this way. You can use Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to move from the Windows 8 Release Preview to Windows 8 Pro but you can only get the $40 price if you have already had underlying licensed Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. Windows 8 Pro can be installed on top of Release Preview and users don’t need to reinstall the licensed Windows version.
There is one more notable thing when you do the upgrade. You will only have the option to migrate personal files, that means all system settings, games and desktop applications will not be preserved.
Microsoft simplified choices for users by limiting the number of Windows 8 versions to 4, including Windows RT for ARM-based systems, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise. They will have many challenges if they want to achieve the incredible milestone of 630 million software licenses by Windows 7 since its launch in Oct 2009. Do you think Windows 8 will get better success?