I’m not sure when things went wrong (Windows Vista), but at some point, Microsoft felt like introducing “premium” versions of their flagship operating system that were over-valued and featured negligible exclusive features. Like BitLocker; who used that? Windows XP, their dominant version of the past decade, shipped in two flavors in green and blue boxes and you did well with both. Windows 7 continued this trend under Sinofsky’s reign, but it seems that Microsoft wants to apologize for all that madness with Windows 8.
Windows 8 is a strange operating system, something that reminds me of how the world gazed at Windows 95 and wondered ‘what the fuck?’ Microsoft wants to be sure that as many people are friendly with their new desktop as possible. As such, Microsoft has introduced that from launch (some time in October), owners of Windows XP, Vista, and 7 will be able to upgrade to the touch-friendly 8 for a mere $39.99 online (or $69.99 in box/retail form). That’s right, what would normally set you back $100-$200 per PC will be the same price as a value Xbox game. This also isn’t the slouch version of Windows 8 either, this is the Pro edition and it features… well, BitLocker. Look, we have to give Microsoft some props, they’re moving in the right direction. And even if this is only a temporary affair, it means that a lot of people are going to get their hands – and fingers – on Windows 8 this holiday.
Source: The Verge