Windows 8.1 Pricing Announced

Microsoft announced today the pricing information for its upcoming Windows 8.1 update. According to a post on Microsoft’s blog the update will be available as a free download to current Windows 8 users starting October 17. However, those running an older operating system would have to pay US$119.99 for the basic version and US$199.99 for the Pro version.

 

Microsoft announced today the pricing information for its upcoming Windows 8.1 update.

According to a post on Microsoft’s blog the update will be available as a free download to current Windows 8 users starting October 17. However, those running an older operating system would have to pay US$119.99 for the basic version and US$199.99 for the Pro version.

The blog post also noted that pricing may vary per market but doing some quick math, Windows 8.1 should at the very least AU$128. Moreover, Microsoft also noted that unlike older versions of Windows, Windows 8.1 will ship as a full version software and will not require a previous version of Windows to install.

Users who are making the switch from Windows 7 should be able to pack their files, but their desktop apps including MS Office would need to be reinstalled. On the other hand, those updating from XP or Vista are advised to install from the DVD instead of downloading Windows 8.1. Moreover, similar to a fresh install, those coming from XP and Vista won’t be able to transfer their files, settings and programs.

Microsoft will also giving a discount to consumers who will buy a device running Windows 8.1 as the company will be offering a Pro pack for US$99.99, while Windows 8.1 Pro users will be able to buy the Windows Media Centre for $9.99.

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