Microsoft opens up Registration for Windows 8 Upgrade
With the Microsoft Windows 8 release drawing closer; officially set for an October 26th release. Microsoft has opened up registration for the new OS upgrade program for users that purchased or will purchase a new Windows 7 machine between June 2nd, 2012 and January 31, 2013 according to the Windows Upgrade Offer website.
The registration will provide users with a code and instructions for the download available on the release date. The upgrade offer also includes 90 days of technical support. I would expect this would be in hopes of assuring a smooth transition from windows 7 to the new operating system. Pricing for Windows 7 users that meet the purchase date requirements is $14.99.
According to the FAQ site the following versions of Windows 7 are eligible; Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate are all available for the Windows 8 PRO upgrade. The upgrade offer is not designed for businesses and has a maximum of 5 upgrades available per customer with qualifying purchases. Microsoft has pointed out that businesses requiring more than 5 upgrades will be required to go through volume licensing for additional upgrades, but pricing is not clear.
Other news sources are reporting that Windows 8 upgrade will also be available for users of Windows XP, Windows Vista, as well as Windows 7, which do not meet the purchase date requirements. Reported pricing for the Windows 8 PRO upgrade will be $39.99 and will also only be available until January 31, 2013.
Similar reports are being provided that Microsoft will run a promotion for full retail copies of Windows 8 PRO at launch for $69.99, with the price going up to $199.99 after the promotional period ending on January 31, 2013. Although the only official pricing I can find from Microsoft is in regards to the Windows upgrade offer at $14.99.
If the pricing is accurate it will be in the best interest of consumers to purchase the upgrade before the January 31st end date, and MSP’s as well as IT solution providers will want to notify their customers of the impending dates.