I’m not the biggest fan of Microsoft, but i have to give them kudos for their Windows 8 Upgrade Price. $40 is peanuts and is encroaching on Apple territory for the “oh sure, why not” price for the OS.
Users of Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows Vista will be able to purchase and download Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99, a Microsoft spokesman said. “We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8,” said the spokesman.
Compared to the pain in the butt factor of pirating, defeating the Windows Genuine Advantage, getting upgrades, dealing with whatever spyware is included in the keygens…. $40 is completely worth it. I don’t think it’s quite as loose as Apple (which allows you to use the OS update software on up to 5 computers), but this is an upgrade to the Windows 8 Pro, not the normal consumer version. Anything shy of a three digit price is a huge win over the $200 Windows 7 upgrade price, or the $450 Vista Ultimate cost in the days of old.
So good on you microsoft, if I have any windows machines around when Windows 8 is released, I’ll be upgrading.