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    Windows 8 upgrade promotion pricing

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    Hey, an Apple...esque upgrade price. Well done, Microsoft. I think they are really keen on massive adoption and nothing shows it as much as this price does.

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    Fantastic! This is proof that MS is serious about Win 8 succeeding. They are pricing this well below comparable upgrades to any previous version, and includes the Media Center add on at NO ADDITIONAL COST!
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    Interesting "dilemma" for XP users. Should they upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 or pay more for Windows 7? This move by Microsoft may well bring over a slew of present XP users.

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    I wouldn't say it is a first.

    When Windows 7 was released there were a lot of promotions available. For example, I bought a full (not upgrade) version of Windows 7 Home Premium for 45 from Amazon UK. The same version currently sells at 110.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Browni View Post
    I wouldn't say it is a first.

    When Windows 7 was released there were a lot of promotions available. For example, I bought a full (not upgrade) version of Windows 7 Home Premium for 45 from Amazon UK. The same version currently sells at 110.
    That was probably Amazon, not Microsoft. I think they never offered such a price. I can't really remember one, at least.

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    Rui, I assume you also saw the article I linked about the leaked Surface pricing. I would think the Surface Pro at $999 would be for the smaller HD. At this price structure for Win 8 Pro, most of that cost would be for the H/W. I also would assume the larger HD would be a couple hundred dollars more. I realize the release of Surface Pro is expected 2 or 3 months after the Win 8 release. Depending on when these occur the Surface Pro will most likely be after Christmas. I'm wondering if MS is working to get this to occur before Christmas shopping season.
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    I did, Ted. I was kind hoping the Pro version to be a bit less expensive. I was actually expecting the difference in price between the two not to be so big. I would probably expect Pro to be in the $800 range.

    Getting it before the Christmas season could give it a real good boost, sales wise.

    Let's see if these prices are confirmed. It's still a bit of speculation .
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    Well, we had a waiting game for a pricing structure on Win 8 Pro (still waiting for Win 8, I would suspect some may not want the Pro edition), now we have a waiting game for Surface. It seems MS has learned how to keep a secret! We also still do not have definitive dates of release, so we are still in a waiting game for Win 8.
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    That was probably Amazon, not Microsoft. I think they never offered such a price. I can't really remember one, at least.
    When Windows 7 first came out, they had a preorder promotion where you could get a voucher for Windows 7 Home Premium for $50. i got one for one of my sons. They also had a Family pack offer of three Windows 7 Home Premium licences for $150 for awhile.

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    I remember the Family Packs as well. In fact, I thought I saw then briefly for even less than $150, but that seemed very short lived. Still, $40 is a price that could make the people on the fence jump in, including me. At that price I can Upgrade both our laptops to Win 8 Pro. Of course then I will have the job of indoctrinating my wife. She has never used Win 8, although she is quite PC savvy. She should have no problem at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmonroe36 View Post
    Interesting "dilemma" for XP users. Should they upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 or pay more for Windows 7? This move by Microsoft may well bring over a slew of present XP users.
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    That's a big if in many cases. At a minimum, most of the XP machines I see have only 512 megs of memory. Upgrading to at least 2 gigs which Windows 8 needs as a minimum can be prohibitive in cost (old memory costs more) and many Xp motherboards don't support it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    When Windows 7 first came out, they had a preorder promotion where you could get a voucher for Windows 7 Home Premium for $50. i got one for one of my sons. They also had a Family pack offer of three Windows 7 Home Premium licences for $150 for awhile.
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    As you said, it was a temporary promotion and not for the higher end version. This one will probably last 3 months and it's still cheaper, if you go for the online setup.
    It's possible that there were small scale promotions like that one. In Portugal, through a specific program, it was possible to get a pro upgrade licence for 40 euros, I think.

    Even so, this seems to be he lowest price ever for an upgrade license to the higher end Windows version
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    And remember this includes Media Center for no additional cost.
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