Microsoft Elaborates on Windows 8 Upgrade Program for Consumers

Microsoft Elaborates on Windows 8 Upgrade Program for Consumers
People who buy Windows 7 PCs between June 2 and the end of January will qualify to upgrade the OS to Windows 8 at a discount
By Juan Carlos Perez
News Jun 2nd 2012

Microsoft has provided more details about the Windows 8 OS upgrade program for consumers who buy Windows 7 PCs, clarifying certain dates, offer limits and impact on the company's accounting.

The Windows 8 operating system is in its final stages of development and may ship toward the end of this year. But Microsoft doesn't want consumers to hold off on purchasing Windows 7 PCs in the meantime.

That's where the Windows Upgrade Offer comes in. Announced on Thursday along with the latest test version of Windows 8, the Windows Upgrade Offer will let buyers of Windows 7 PCs upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for US$14.99.

Microsoft hasn't disclosed retail prices for shrink-wrapped, stand-alone versions of Windows 8, but the equivalent to Windows 8 Pro is Windows 7 Professional, which is priced at $199.99.

To qualify for the discount, consumers must buy a new Windows 7 PC between Saturday, June 2 and Jan. 31 of next year. They will have until Feb. 28, 2013, to download the Windows 8 Pro upgrade. The offer is available in 131 markets.