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Old 01-19-2013, 10:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We knew this day would come. That Microsoft would get back to generating Windows revenue rather than lifting market share. Windows 8 pricing is set, and you will pay big bucks to upgrade after January 31. I suppose the cynical mind would see today's pricing announcement as a last push to get procrastinators off their butts before the deal disappears with the wind. Last-minute stampede means more license sales -- 60 million currently -- for Microsoft to declare in the not-so-distant future.

Starting February 1, Windows 8 Pro Upgrade will cost $199.99 -- that's up from as low as $39.99 right now. Microsoft will also, finally, sell Windows 8 (non-pro), which will cost $119.99. With respect to Windows 7 at launch, the prices are the same. But for anyone with 40 bucks on the brain, Windows 8 Pro will cost 400 percent more in just two weeks. The $39.99 price is for anyone downloading direct from Microsoft. A costlier, $69.99 upgrade with DVD media also is available -- just 186 percent increase from that one.

Windows Media Center add-on is free through the end of the month, then costs $9.99. Anyone buying a PC from June 2 to January 31 has until February 28 to register for a $14.99 Windows 8 Pro upgrade. Miss the date, if you'd prefer to give Microsoft $185 more. Right now Windows 8 (non-pro) is only available on new PCs. The pro upgrade, from within the OS, will be $99.99, whether Windows 8 is purchased on a PC or separately.

What? You thought this gravy train would last? I wondered, given that Apple practically gives away OS X, which current version is just $19.99 -- for software that's about equivalent to Windows 8 Pro. There is no OS X lite -- well, excluding iOS (and that's free).

Some people rightly wondered if Microsoft would permanently lower prices to keep in step with Apple. Perhaps that's true in some loony-bin alternative universe. Reality is this: Retail upgrades fall off dramatically the first three months after a new Windows version ships. That's a longstanding pattern. This release, Microsoft chose to reward early adopters with cheapo copies -- and Pro at that. Latecomers are penalized and pay more, or they can help Microsoft partners by buying a new computer instead.

So upgrade cheap while you still can. That is if you haven't already purchased an OEM license, or plan to (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). Amazon sells Windows 8 System Builder version for $95.88 and Pro for $110.99. Pick your poison, but be quick about it. The shadow the Groundhog sees will be long this year.

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Old 02-28-2013, 02:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was able to get win8 pro for $15 just a couple days ago; even though this wasn't supposed to be possible after January 31st.

I'm glad I did, otherwise I'd be paying $99 for win8 home or $199 for pro. I did get me system builder for $139 which is higher than you mention here, but I got that 3 months ago.
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You are not talking about the same deal. You are talking about the deal where you purchased a brand new laptop with Windows 7, you get Windows 8 for $15.

This deal is about those who did not purchase a new PC with Windows 7 and were currently upgrading their version of Windows to Windows 8. That was the $40. That was the deal that expired on Jan 31st.

The System Builder version is not the same version listed for $119. That is just Windows 8 Pro. The stand alone version not the System Builder Version. They are 2 different versions. The one for $119 is the one you get from Microsoft only via their website. The System Builder is now the one that takes place of the OEM version.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ah, ok makes sense; wish they wouldn't do concurrent deals to confuse people
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Yeah. That was a bit of confusion for some. They thought they could get it for $15 but found out it was $40 instead. Dont worry, that deal is coming to an end at the end of Feb. So you got it just in time.
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I have a question. I am going to be building a custom gaming computer pretty soon, would it be better to get windows 8 or windows 7 and if 7 which version?
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That is really a personal preference. Some people will say Win7 and others will say Win8. Figure out which one you like and go with it.
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The choice between windows 7 and windows 8 is a very personal one. Windows 8 is slightly faster in some areas, notably booting up and shutting down. Some tests on techspot have shown that windows 7 is slightly better at gaming frame rates, but probably not a difference you would notice.

Also factor in that windows 8.1 will have a start menu of sorts.
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Yeah, very personal as in I have over 25 copies of Windows 8 sitting on the shelf gathering dust.

When will Windows 8.1 be release and what are the exact changes within this update?

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