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Microsoft to Offer New Win7 Users Win8 Pro Upgrade at $15

The official Windows 8 launch is widely rumored to be scheduled for October. However, with its new OS due in less than six months, Microsoft wants to make sure customers don't hold off on purchasing computers in the mean time. As a solution, Paul Thurrott reports that Microsoft is offering those that purchase a Windows 7 laptop in the run up to the launch an upgrade to Windows 8 for just $15.

This isn't anything new for Microsoft -- the company has offered a similar promotion for previous iterations of Windows in an effort to keep PC sales steady and Mary Jo Foley reported last week that Redmond was preparing to make the same offer for Windows 8. However, there is a difference this year: Thurrott is reporting that Microsoft's upgrade will cost $15. What's more, it is for Windows 8 Pro, and not plain old Windows 8.

Microsoft hasn't formally announced the offer, which will reportedly come into play for machines purchased after June 2, so it's hard to know why the company is offering an upgrade for Windows 8 Pro for $15 instead of an upgrade to Windows 8 for free. It could be because the entry-level version of Windows 8 skips out on Windows Media Center, among other things. It's possible Microsoft knows that people running Windows 7 will expect to have the same features when they upgrade to the newer version of the OS and is therefore offering an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $15 as opposed to a free upgrade that will take away features they had just gotten accustomed to using.

The timing of the deal is thought to coincide with the Release Preview, which is due in the beginning of June. We'll keep you posted on any official announcement.

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  • JohnnyLucky
    At first I thought it would be a good deal until I realised that it only applied to laptop purchases.
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  • djscribbles
    Frankly, I don't think they should be too concerned about hardware sales dropping... I for one am going to try to replace my laptop before that bomb drops...

    Nice to know I'll have the upgrade option if it turns out to be better than I expect though.
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  • gmarsack
    I think M$ should offer the discount to all Windows 7 owners because it will take a massive discount for me to even think about buying Windows 8. I paid $300 for my copy of Windows 7 (well worth it), but after trying Windows 8 for all of an hour, I would probably not pay more than $15 if they offered it. ugg...

    Windows Me 8
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  • xerroz
    gmarsackI think M$ should offer the discount to all Windows 7 owners because it will take a massive discount for me to even think about buying Windows 8. I paid $300 for my copy of Windows 7 (well worth it), but after trying Windows 8 for all of an hour, I would probably not pay more than $15 if they offered it. ugg... Windows Me 8
    after trying Windows 8 for all of an hour
    There's your problem. That's not even enough time to get fully adjusted, let alone learn how to use it effectively
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  • cozalp
    I wouldn't pay even $1 until they make an option to disable metro ui and use the start menu
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  • sporkimus
    How about I give you $15 to NOT release Windows 8.
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  • datawrecker
    cozalpI wouldn't pay even $1 until they make an option to disable metro ui and use the start menu
    That is an option....
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  • wiyosaya
    xerrozThere's your problem. That's not even enough time to get fully adjusted, let alone learn how to use it effectivelyThat is the point, though. Everyone who runs some previous M$ windows version does not necessarily have the time to "figure it out." IF M$ really wants a winner with this, the transition for their user base needs to be seamless and easy to make. Otherwise, it is likely to be a long, long time before 8 is widely accepted. The business world, where time always comes at a premium, is not likely to invest in 8 after just having transitioned to 7 even if the business world had the time to give their computer users to learn 8. Without the business world on board, 8 will be another vista or Me.

    And this is a completely useless gesture for M$ to make in limiting this to people who purchase laptops. While this may be a deal for people who run laptops, it is consistent with where M$ wants to take the computer user world. Personally, I think M$ is in for another wake-up call with 8 - like it or not.
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  • wiyosaya
    datawreckerThat is an option....In your preview version, yes. However, M$ has announced that the release version will not have that option.
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  • Dandalf
    When I got my Windows 7 netbook I immediately upgraded it to Windows XP
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