You can still buy Windows 8 for a discount
To increase demand for its newest operating system Windows 8, Microsoft ran a promotion until January 31, 2013 that made available the operating system at a discounted price. Up until that day, you were able to buy Windows 8 for $39.99 as a downloadable upgrade for Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.Â When you visit the Microsoft Store now, you will notice that the price for the the price for an Windows 8 Pro upgrade has gone up to $199.99, about five times the amount that you had to pay during the promotional period.
While Microsoft's Store may be the obvious choice when it comes to buying a license of Windows 8, it is certainly not the best option as third party retailers are still offering Windows 8 discounts.
When you visit Amazon for instance, you will notice that the same upgrade that costs $199.99 on Microsoft's Store is available for $104.99 on the online retailers website. While that is still two and a half time the price during the promotional period, it is also $95 less than you would pay for at Microsoft's store.
The System Builder editions of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro are also cheaper than the upgrade offered at Microsoft's store. You can purchase the Windows 8 System Builder DVD for $95.88 and the Windows 8 Pro System Builder DVD for $139.99 currently on Amazon.
Not all online retailers are still offering a discount though. Newegg for instance is also listing the upgrade at $199.99. If you check price comparison engines like Pricegrabber you will notice that Amazon is not the online retailer that is offering the upgrade for a discount. The cheapest price at the time of writing is $89 at J&R.
It makes perfect sense to compare prices before you buy a copy of Windows 8, regardless of whether it is an update or system builder edition.
Discounts are not only available in the US though. I just checked the German Amazon website and found the Windows 8 Pro upgrade listed there for â‚¬52.99 which is about $70.
Even though prices have increased you can still make a bargain if you compare prices before you make a buying decision. Saving up to $100 should be incentive enough to do so.Advertisement