Windows 8 Pro to Retail for $200 Following $70 Promotional Debut

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The verdict is still out on Windows 8, and so are a few details that have yet to be officially announced. One of them relates to Microsoft's proposed pricing structure, and at this point, not a whole lot is official outside of a handful of promotions and upgrade details. If you purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC by January 31, 2013, for example. you'll be eligible to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99. And if you already own a Windows PC (XP, Vista, or 7), you'll be able to upgrade to the same version for $39.99. What if neither option floats your boat?

Well, it's being reported that a Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro upgrade option at retail stores will run $69.99 up until the end of January. After that, the price jumps to $99.99.


As for a non-upgrade boxed copy of Windows 8 Pro, rumor has it that will sell for 69.99 up until the end of January, and then nearly triple in price to $199 after that. If that's the direction you think you're going to take, it's obviously in your best interest to make the leap before the promotional pricing expires, giving you a good three months after the OS launches to read reviews and see if Windows 8 is worth upgrading to. Alternately, you can still grab the Release Preview and give Microsoft's touch-friendly OS a whirl for yourself, free of charge.
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JOMA replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 10:33 AM

Lame. $70 is reasonable, $200 is a joke for the Pro version. MS really needs to rethink their pricing model.

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Not upgrading at all. This blows. Too expensive thats a god size ssd iright there for200 bucks alot of gaes and hardware .

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Jaybk26 replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 11:22 AM

This almost makes Microsoft look desperate to sell as many units as quickly as possible. Think they're scared of something?:D

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KAdair replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 2:17 PM

I still don't know if I'm going to take the plunge, I used the RC I believe and I wasn't the most impressed. I can see where that startup screen makes it easier for people who have a tablet but what about pc users? I like to go to desktop right off the bat and then go to my needed programs etc etc. In terms of functionality I think windows 8 sucks. Not performance wise not look wise. just usability wise.

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JDiaz replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 6:06 PM

Price you're focusing on is for the full retail packaged W8 Pro version, which is equivalent to Windows 7 Ultimate that still goes for about $100 more. Only the Windows 7 Home Premium Retail goes for under $200 and W8 has it's own base version that'll go for less as well.

While upgrades and online download version will still be offered for less. So it'll still be cheaper than Windows 7 is now.

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JDiaz replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 6:08 PM

Like the article states, if you're upgrading then take advantage of the promotional sale and even afterward note you'll only pay the $200 if you're going for the full (non-upgrade) W8 Pro retail store version. Even after the promo sale ends you can still get the upgrade version for less than the retail price.

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JDiaz replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 6:11 PM

Promotional sales are not unusual when releasing new products, the idea is to get as many people to get the new product and help exposure for then more people to consider the product after user reviews start coming out, along with potential repeat buyers if the product is well received and expands beyond the try it phase.

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JDiaz replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 6:14 PM

If unsure, then you can wait. Aside from losing out on the promotional sales discounts, you can wait for the platform to develop more before diving in but would benefit from then finding it easier to get good apps, etc. that may take awhile to come out.

Also MS may not be done tweaking W8 and the eventual Service Pack release may bring changes that'll better suite you or 3rd party solutions will be out by then that you can use to more easily customize the experience to your liking.

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CDeeter replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 6:18 PM

Yeah $40 to upgrade an existing system isn't too bad at all, as long as they keep it there.

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RiCoFrost replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 7:44 PM

Its $40 to upgrade from WinXP, WInVista or Win7. If you need buy a new lic then it will cost that much.

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realneil replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 8:00 PM

I'll upgrade to Win-8 when service pack 12 comes out for Win-7. Who needs any more than 11 service packs anyways?

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JDiaz replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 8:00 PM

Well, you can work with the Previews too...

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9230479/Bloggers_show_how_to_upgrade_Windows_8_previews_to_RTM

http://hothardware.com/News/Windows-8-Pro-Release-Preview-Users-Eligible-for-40-Upgrade-Promotion/

While the $40 is specifically for the download and no physical media.

While the price may go up later, the download should still be less than getting the disc copy.

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CDeeter replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 9:32 PM

I'm with ya there, no need to leave Win 7 until forced to. By then they should have this figured out lol.

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RiCoFrost replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 11:36 PM

I'll give it a go. I tested the preview on a few PC's here at work and it is smooth, faster and fluid. Well i find it is.

I can see what they are trying to do, I will be getting the windows 8 phone and surface also. I really like how it all links together.

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pwrntspd replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 12:17 AM

I will say this, Windows 8 feels more responsive and loads faster than 7 ever did on my 4 year old laptop. On the other hand, im still not so sure about the interface. Also, theres no way id pay 70 bucks to upgrade or 200 for a full version..thats just crazy talk.

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realneil replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 10:41 AM

JDiaz:
Well, you can work with the Previews too...

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9230479/Bloggers_show_how_to_upgrade_Windows_8_previews_to_RTM

http://hothardware.com/News/Windows-8-Pro-Release-Preview-Users-Eligible-for-40-Upgrade-Promotion/

While the $40 is specifically for the download and no physical media.

While the price may go up later, the download should still be less than getting the disc copy.

I know about the previews. I tried and didn't like them all of the way through until the RTM came out.

Then, someone told me about Classic Shell and I loaded RTM on an old system (i7-870, 16GB RAM, 120GB SSD) to try it out. Classic Shell automagically changes the view in Win-8 to desktop mode. It restores the start menu to the one I like. You get a glimpse of Metro, but it's short lived.

I've been using Win-8 with Classic Shell for a week now and it's a much better experience for me. It still takes longer to complete some tasks due to Win-8 adding steps to click on before it will actually ~do~ them. Shutting down is one example. Two mouse clicks get it done in Win-7, and three is needed in Win-8.

Asking me if I'm ~sure~ that I want to do something before it actually does it is a PITA.

Win-8 is now useable, but not worth dumping an already paid for, perfectly working OS like Win-7.

I'm happy with spending nothing at all.

 

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Windows phone are awesome, i'll wait for W8 to buy one too :)

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JDiaz replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 5:04 PM

There are multiple ways to get to shutdown, you don't need to do extra steps. It's just they don't place the option in multiple locations anymore because it's not a priority anymore. W8 on new systems can suffice with suspending most of the time and most portable devices you can just press the power button.

So basically, W8 represents a new way of thinking on how to use the PC.

But like Classic Shell shows, you can customize it and make it more like the old way if you need more time or just don't want to adapt to the new way. You can even add shortcuts, change menu options, etc without any 3rd party add on as well.

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