Reported on July 2nd, 2012, Microsoft has announced that PCs already running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 can get a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 (when available) for just $39.99. That’s huge and I’ll definitely be taking advantage of that for all the PCs (and tablets) I own.
The purchases will need to go through Windows.com to receive the upgrade price.
One other bit of interest is Windows Media Center. There’s been back-and-forth discussions, complaints, etc., about whether or not Microsoft will be dumping Windows Media Center in Windows 8. As part of the announcement, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Media Center will still be a valid option, but that it will be available as a free add-on utilizing the “add features” component within Windows 8.
I use Windows Media Center quite a bit, primarily for watching live television on my work PC. I’m one of those crazy people that needs “noise” to focus and concentrate during work hours and without Windows Media Center I’d have to check out other options.
So, good news all around.
BTW: If you purchase a PC with Windows 7 between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, you can get the Windows 8 upgrade for just $14.99. See HERE