Students Can Snag Windows 8 Pro for $70 Starting February 1

Microsoft will offer a discounted version of Windows 8 Pro to students beginning February 1, 2013, the company announced. It's the upgrade edition, and it will be available for students online at the Microsoft Store for $70 in the U.S., with more countries being added on February 21st, March 7th, and March 19th.

"For students, Windows 8 offers the best for work and play and with the new Start screen that makes it super easy to organize, access and find what matters most to you," Microsoft stated in a blog post. "With Windows 8, students can download apps from the Windows Store like Microsoft OneNote or Evernote for taking notes in class or Skype to stay connected with friends and family."

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Students will need a valid email address through a qualifying education institution and a PC that's running Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

If you've already decided you want to make the jump to Windows 8, bear in mind that you can still download a Windows 8 Pro upgrade at a discounted price of $40, whether you're a student or not. That offer ends today, however, so you'll have to decide fast if that's the route you're going to take.