Microsoft will be offering more upgrade promotions for operating system Windows 8, which is expected to debut sometime in the fall. The company has announced the price of its Windows 8 Pro upgrade: $39.99 for online updates and $69.99 in-store.
This offer is available for users currently running on any version of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. This is different from the offer that was announced in January, under which those purchasing a new Windows PC before Windows 8 launches will be eligible to purchase the next-generation software for $14.99.
The newly announced upgrade offer will last until Jan. 31, 2013, and applies to any current Windows users. Microsoft says the offer will be valid in 131 markets, and that more details are to come as the release date approaches.
For those running on older versions of Windows, an upgrade assistant will help users transfer files, settings and apps from Windows 7, files and setting from Windows Vista, and files from Windows XP. This upgrade assistant also alerts users as to whether or not their PC is ready to run and install Windows 8.
After installing the upgrade, users can add Windows Media Center for free via the “Add Features” option.
The online version of Windows Media Center can be downloaded, but a backup DVD can also be purchased for $15. For those who prefer to build their own machine or run a virtual one and aren’t upgrading, the Windows 8 Pro System Builder will be required.