Windows 8 Pro upgrade price to rise to $199.99 after Jan. 31
That is up from special prices that range from $14.99 to $69.99
IDG News Service - The price for upgrading to Windows 8 Pro will shoot up after Jan. 31, when the existing special offers to acquire the new OS lapse.
Microsoft announced on Friday that a Windows 8 Pro upgrade will cost US$199.99, up from special prices as low as $14.99.
Microsoft is running two special offers for upgrading to Windows 8 Pro. One is for people upgrading an existing Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC and lets them acquire Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 via Windows.com download or $69.99 from a retail store DVD.
The other offer, priced at $14.99, is for consumers upgrading a new Windows 7 PC bought between June 2 of last year and Jan. 31.
Microsoft also said on Friday that people will be able to upgrade to the regular version of Windows 8 for $119.99. Microsoft didn't have a special offer for upgrading to this Windows version.
Areas in which Windows 8 Pro is more sophisticated than Windows 8 include security, networking, virtualization and remote desktop access.
Meanwhile, the price for users who already have Windows 8 to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will rise to $99.99 from $69.99.
Finally, adding Windows 8 Media Center Pack, which is currently free, will cost $9.99 after Jan. 31.
Windows 8, a crucial and radical upgrade, must succeed so that the venerable OS improves its anemic market share in tablet devices and makes Microsoft competitive against iOS and Android.
To that end, Windows 8 sports a new user interface based on tile icons that has been optimized for touch screen devices like tablets.
However, there is a loud controversy right now over how well or not Windows 8 has been selling since its release in October.
Microsoft insists that Windows 8 is doing fine, but several market research firms and financial analysts have expressed skepticism.
Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.
- Windows 'Threshold' to go public within weeks
- How risky will it be to run old IE after Microsoft's 2016 patch stoppage?
- Deja vu all over again: Windows 7 will be the new XP
- Microsoft postpones IE's Java blocking after IT complains
- Mac sales so far in '14 may signal share push
- Chromebooks may grab 5% of PC market, about the same as Apple's Mac
- Microsoft slashes IE support, sets 'huge' edict for Jan. 2016
- Windows 8's no-name update plan nails OS's coffin shut
- Windows 8.1 biz users face patch freeze as Microsoft sets critical updates
- China scrubs Apple's iPad and MacBooks from government buying list
- Capabilities You Need in an IP Address Management Solution A mismanaged IP space can cripple an otherwise healthy network. Take a moment to understand what you need in an enterprise-ready IPAM solution.
- Optimize IT Performance & Availability: Four Steps to Establish Effective IT Management Baselines More than ever before, your company's ability to grow hinges on IT performance and availability. Download this how-to report on establishing IT baselines,...
- Considerations for Embracing Wireless Monitoring Employee behavior is once again driving major changes for IT departments - this time it's BYOD. This report details three critical steps to...
- Fixing Intermittent Performance Problems Intermittent performance problems are among the most frustrating and time-consuming issues IT administrators face. Read this white paper and learn how technology advances...
- Accelerate your innovation with IBM Bluemix™ Join us for a webcast introducing the new IBM BluemixTM. IBM Bluemix (www.bluemix.net) is a developer oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment...
- Maximizing Availability for the Modern Data Center Check out this information-packed resource center for help in maximizing the availability of your data center - from overcoming challenges to choosing the... All Data Center White Papers | Webcasts
Our new bimonthly Internet of Things newsletter helps you keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies, trends and developments related to the IoT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!