While many businesses with new PCs are considering a downgrade from Windows 8, users and some organizations considering a switch to Microsoft’s newest operating have a only a little bit of time left to take advantage of a steep Windows 8 discount.
When Windows 8 was first released, many observers commented that Microsoft had chosen a pricing scheme similar to what Apple had done with its OS X when the latest version, Mountain Lion, was first sold for $29.99, and then $19.99. Using a similar strategy, Microsoft offered an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for users currently running XP, Vista or Windows 7 for $39.99.
However, the software giant also made it clear that the initial price was only a limited-time promotional offer. And at the end of January, that promotion will end, and the cost of a Windows 8 upgrade will increase to as much as five times the current rate, Microsoft recently announced.
The $39.99 price will be available until January 31, but after that a Windows 8 Pro upgrade will be sold for $199.99. In addition, an upgrade to plain Windows 8 (not the Pro edition) will cost $119.99, and Microsoft will sell a $99.99 package which upgrades that edition to Windows 8 Pro, up from $69.99.
Also, the currently free Windows 8 Media Center Pack will cost $9.99 after January 31.
Now could the time to try a Windows 8 upgrade
Initial response to Windows 8 has been lukewarm, especially among businesses. Many IT departments feel the OS is best suited for consumer tablets rather than business PCs. And most organizations that switched to Windows 7 are happy with the move, so few see the need to make another upgrade.
However, Windows 8 does have several benefits that some experts say make it a good choice for businesses. In addition to security and performance improvements, the fact that the OS is optimized for both PCs and tablets could help companies when it comes to supporting mobile devices.
But if your business wishes to buy any Windows 8 upgrades to test out the new OS, it may be worth doing so before the promotional discount expires.
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