Microsoft Windows 8 Now Available for Pre Order


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Finally we get to see all price options for Microsoft’s next-generation Computer OS - the Windows 8. Microsoft just announced that enthusiastic early adopters can pre-order their copies from major retailers, ensuring that a packaged Windows 8 DVD will have your name on it at launch. 


With the launch of Windows 8 rapidly approaching, a new wave of tablets, convertibles, hybrids, Notebooks, Ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs are set to hit the shelves later this month. Microsoft also said PC makers such as ASUS, Acer, Asustek, Dell, HP, Samsung and Sony were also now taking pre-orders for machines with Windows 8 pre-installed. 


Microsoft Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc revealed that customers can now reserve their copy of Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $69.99 and start preordering Windows 8 PCs at select retailers. Participating retailers include Amazon, TigerDirect, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Microsoft's retail stores (Pro, Pro Pack), and more. 

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Keep in mind that the Windows 8 Pro upgrade also does not include the "Pro Pack", priced at $69.99, which comes with Bit Locker data encryption, the Smart Screen filter for web browsing, VPN connection technology DirectAccess as well as the Media Center extensions, which you will need if you want to play DVDs on your PC.


LeBlanc noted that the packaging for Windows 8 takes a "fresh approach," with five different illustrations available. The new packaging also utilizes paper-based materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption while also reducing the packaging weight by 41 percent. You can check them out on Facebook.

However, if you want to wait until October 26th you will be able to upgrade online via Windows.com using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant for just $39.99. Online upgrade to Windows 8 Pro is supported for 140 countries worldwide, with 37 languages, and 23 supported currencies!


You will want to upgrade your PC to Windows 8 Pro sooner rather than later - this upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs only through to January 31st, 2013.

If you purchase (or have purchased) an eligible Windows 7 PC anytime between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 which will be redeemable starting October 26th. For more details on the Windows Upgrade Offer, see this blog post.


The full, standard version of Windows 8 will be priced at $99.99, while the Pro version will cost $139.99.

"From small and slim tablets to big and beautiful all-in-ones, the new capabilities in Windows 8 have opened the door for a huge array of new and reimagined devices", says Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s OEM Division.


“Windows 8 gives Microsoft and our partners the opportunity to think differently and creatively about hardware design with new materials, hinges, touch panels and edgeless displays,” Parker says. “The approach to hardware design and breadth of innovation across all types of PCs results in an incredible amount of choice for customers.” 

Microsoft’s OEM partners have been heads down building more than 800 different devices that are now certified for Windows 8 and Windows RT. 


“With the new wave of innovation we’re seeing around Windows 8, whatever your needs are, there’s a PC that delivers. We are excited about the amazing new PCs for Windows 8 coming to market and think customers will be delighted,” Parker says.


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