Microsoft confirms 400% increase on Win 8 upgrade cost
Jan 31 deadline looms; customary price hike announced
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.