SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft will charge Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users $40 to upgrade to Windows 8 Professional.
Microsoft is expected to release its Windows 8 operating system near the end of the year and the firm has spent the best part of the last year detailing some of the tweaks it has made in the latest iteration of its operating system treadmill. Now the company has revealed that until 31 January 2013, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Professional for $40.
Microsoft's offer will only be available through its online store in 131 countries and users will have to download an ISO file. The firm will allow users to burn the ISO file to a disc and install later.
Brandon LeBlanc, communications manager at Microsoft said, "We have simplified the Windows upgrade experience with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which supports you during your upgrade with everything from selecting your language to pausing your download to built-in compatibility checks - it's seamless. And if you're an enthusiast you will have the flexibility to download and control how you upgrade."
LeBlanc said that those who are running the Windows 8 Preview Release can upgrade to Windows 8 Professional for $40 but will need a valid Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 license.
Microsoft's cut-price Windows upgrade strategy could be a last ditch effort to get Windows XP users to spend some cash and move to the latest version of its PC operating system. The company is also facing increasing competition from Apple's Mac OS X and free Linux distributions that are becoming increasingly viable alternatives. µ