When new hardware or software is released, there is a period where some users with buying intentions wait for the new hardware or software to be released before they make the purchase. That’s bad for business, as hardware and software sales may suffer during this period. That’s one of the reasons why Microsoft will allow Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 Pro upgrades starting June 2.
Consumers who buy a PC running Windows 7 from that day will have the option to go to Microsoft’s special offer site at windowsupgradeoffer.com, to redeem a code that updates the PC’s operating system to Windows 8 Pro.
It is not clear right now if all PCs that you can buy from June 2 on will have the code included, or if there will be PCs and Windows 7 versions that do not. I’d advise anyone to check with the retailer before making purchases, to make sure you get the upgrade code.
The price for the update will be $14.99, and the PC will always be upgraded to the retail flagship version Windows 8 Pro. This is different from Microsoft’s last promotion, where Vista users were only able to upgrade to the Windows 7 version closest to the one that the PC came preinstalled with.
It is also interesting to note that the offer will start around the time that Microsoft intends to release the Windows 8 Release Candidate to the public. The operating system itself is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2012.
It is not clear yet if eligible customers can redeem the code right away, or if they have to wait until Windows 8 gets released before they can do so. We will keep you in the loop when additional information are released by Microsoft.
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Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 Pro Update To Cost $14.99
Mon, 14 May 2012 17:04:36 GMT