Microsoft confirms 400% increase on Win 8 upgrade cost

Jan 31 deadline looms; customary price hike announced

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Microsoft confirms 400% increase on Win 8 upgrade cost Microsoft said the downloaded and boxed versions of the upgrades would sell for the same price.
By  Stephen McBride Published  January 20, 2013

Microsoft announced on Friday that the cost of a Windows 8 upgrade will increase by up to 400% when the new operating system's promotional period expires at the end of January.

From 1 February, Microsoft will discontinue its $39.99 introductory offer for upgrades to its new OS and charge $199.99 for an upgrade from a legacy Microsoft OS - such as XP, Vista or Windows 7 - to Windows 8 Pro and $99.99 for an upgrade from the basic Windows 8 version to the Pro edition. A legacy upgrade to the basic version will cost $119.99.

In keeping with past practice, Microsoft said the downloaded and boxed versions of the upgrades would sell for the same price.

The upgrade prices are the same as those for Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional, except for the Pro upgrade from the Windows 8 basic version, which $10 more expensive than the upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional.

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