Whether it succeeds or fails, Windows 8 will be Microsoft’s biggest product release in years. The company has big plans for the days leading up to October 26, and launch day itself should be packed with activities at your local Microsoft store.
But if you just can’t wait until October 26 to order Windows 8, then the operating system is now available to be pre-ordered. Preorders are available through both Microsoft and through online tech retailers like Newegg.
Here is how the Windows 8 pricing breaks down:
-Professional upgrade version of Windows 8: $70
-Full version of Windows 8: $100
-Full version of Windows 8 Pro: $140
-Windows 8 Pro Pack Key Card: $70
Microsoft has also suggested that these prices are the promotional prices for Windows 8, and that the cost of the operating system will be increased across the board early in 2013. So if you plan on buying Windows 8, Microsoft wants you to do that sooner rather than later.
Why you shouldn’t pay full price for Windows 8
Sure, you could order the full version of Windows 8 and pay full price, but you don’t have to do that. Instead, Microsoft is offering upgrade promotions to most existing Windows users. If you meet any of the following qualifications, then you can pay between $15 and $39.99 for your copy of Windows 8:
-You purchased a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 (pay $15 for Windows 8)
-You’re currently using Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or the Windows 8 Consumer Release Preview (pay $39.99 for Windows 8)
For more information about the promotional deals offered by Microsoft on Windows 8, visit the official Microsoft blog here.