Microsoft’s Windows 8 will be allowed to be upgraded by Windows 7 users for $14.99

Windows 8

Microsoft Corp. is going to defer the $450 million to $550 million of revenue that would be generated this quarter from an offer to upgrade to its new Windows 8 operating system.

In this strategy, Microsoft is offering the customers, who purchases authorized Windows 7 PCs, to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for about $14.99.

Beginning June 2, 2012, consumers who purchase up to five new Windows 7 PCs preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate will be eligible to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro upon general availability of Windows 8.  Qualifying purchases must be made before January 31, 2013, and offers must be redeemed by February 28, 2013.

[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]”From our perspective it’s business as usual. This is the way they do these big launches,” said Cross Research analyst Richard Williams.

Microsoft would launch Windows 8 by October or November and it will be the first Windows operating on not only PCs but also tablets. This new version could be the strong competitor for Apple Inc. and Google’s Android.

Via: Reuters Source: Windows Upgrade Offer

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