Microsoft just announced that all Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro once released for $39.99 in 131 markets via Windows.com. As an added option, after the download finishes, users can elect to also buy a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.
Additionally, Windows Media Center which we all thought would be an additional cost will be available within Windows 8 Pro as a free option after you upgrade to Windows 8.
If users would prefer to get a physical disc and not perform the upgrade online, packaged DVD Windows 8 Upgrades will be available for $69.99.
Both the upgrade promotion online and at retail stores will only run through January 31st, 2013 so it’s obvious Microsoft is looking to make this a huge push to get all its Windows Users upgraded quickly.
This news comes just days after Microsoft hinted at the upgrade paths to Windows 8 users can expect as well as the discounted price for Windows 8 for those users who bought a new PC in 2012 before the release of Windows 8.
Overall, I’m impressed to see that Microsoft dug deep on this one. Allowing users to go from Windows XP all the way to Windows 8 for just $39.99 is a classy move.
For those of you running a Pre-Release of Windows 8 like the consumer preview, here’s an update from Microsoft regarding the upgrade options as well as the upgrade cost to Windows 8 RTM:
“People can move from the Windows 8 Release Preview to Windows 8 Pro using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant and will only have the options to migrate their personal files or keep nothing at all when upgrading. People moving from the Windows 8 Release Preview will need to make sure you have an underlying license for either Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. “
Via Windows Blog