This Friday, Microsoft will release Windows 8. After showing off the
Metro UI Windows 8 UI, people either loved it or hated it. Where’s the start button everyone wondered. Well the beta OS didn’t get much love either but early reviews of Windows 8 have been positive even though stating that is does have a learning curve. This year Microsoft is making upgrading to Windows 8 friendlier to the wallet with option starting at $14.99.
Previous years there has been some confusion as to which one you should buy with options such as Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. They have simplified it down this year but if you’ve gotten used to knowing that you could get a full copy or an upgrade copy then this year might be confusing.
When you buy a new computer it will most likely come with Windows 8 (core). You can upgrade this to Windows 8 Pro by buying, Windows 8 Pro Pack. Windows 8 Pro Pack should not be bought for any other reason as it can’t upgrade anything else but Windows 8 (core).
What most people will be buying is Windows 8 Pro. This is an upgrade and will upgrade Windows XP, Vista and 7 to Windows 8 Pro.
The other versions are OEM versions. You can buy the core version or the pro version of OEM if you want a full copy of Windows.
Let’s break down the cost:
Windows 8 (core) – Physical Media – $69.99
Windows 8 Pro – Physical Media – $69.99
Windows 8 Pro – Digital Download – $39.99
Windows 8 (core) OEM – Physical Media – $99.99
Windows 8 Pro OEM – Physical Media – $139.99
The digital download will be straight from Microsoft starting Friday for $39.99. Amazon is offering a $30 credit when you buy the physical media from them for $69.99, ending Saturday. Hey but you said it starts at $14.99! That’s right it does if you bought a PC that came loaded with Windows 7 after June 2nd of this year. If so head over here to claim that offer.