Windows 8 has been officially released by Microsoft, and while it is too early to tell how big of an impact the operating system will make in the coming twelve months period, it is fair to say that Microsoft is doing what it can to promote the operating system. What may be a little bit confusing though is how much you have to pay to get a copy of Windows 8 because of the number of promotions that Microsoft is running.
This article tries to resolve confusion and provide you with the information you need to find out how much you will have to pay for a copy of the operating system.Below is the list of versions of Windows 8 that are currently offered as part of Microsoft's promotional efforts. All promotions run out on January 31, 2013 except where otherwise noted. The price for 32-bit and 64-bit editions is identical.
You are probably also interested in how the pricing will change after the promotional period ends. Some offers won't be available anymore after that period.
Here is something to consider if you are thinking about getting Windows 8 Pro during the promotional period. If you do not have an eligible old version of Windows available for the upgrade, or prefer not to upgrade your existing system to Windows 8, and do not want to pay the $139.99 for the Pro version of Windows 8, you can alternatively do the following: hop over to eBay or another shopping site and buy a full copy of Windows XP from there. Make sure it is legit and all before you buy. With that copy in your possession, you are now eligible to buy the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $39.99 so that you pay roughly $70 for XP and Windows 8 which is half the $139.99 that you would pay for the full version of Windows 8 Pro during the promotional period.
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