Pre-order Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 PCs now

Microsoft has announced the pricing for Windows 8, along with the hardware innovations being offered by the OEMs and the packaging too. Beginning today, customers interested in buying their favorite Windows 8 machines can start pre-ordering Windows 8 PCs and reserve their copy of Windows 8 Pro too!

Microsoft OEM partners have successfully built more than 800 devices all of which have been certified for Windows 8 and Windows RT and are now ready to hit the store shelves. As the launch date of the new OS is drawing near, get ready for a big explosion – explosion of tablets, convertibles, notebooks, ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs.

The paper-based packaging gets a fresh look and comes in 5 vibrant illustrations. Furthermore, the packaging weight has been reduced by 41%.

Anyone who has purchased an eligible Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 or is planning to buy the same before January 31, 2013 is eligible to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 USD ERP** (U.S.) which will be redeemable starting October 26th. If not, they can simply reserve a packaged DVD of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 USD ERP* (U.S.) at select retailers.

Users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro online via after 26th October using Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. Price, just $39.99 USD ERP*! This method is capable of being applied in over 140 countries with 37 languages.

The upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail is valid upto January 31, 2013 only.

Users with existing PCs can get the Upgrade versions of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro and run Setup from within their current version of Windows.

Others not having Windows installed on their machines can dual boot with Windows 8 but, will need to purchase System Builder, or OEM, versions of Windows 8.

Windows 8 Pricing

  • Windows 8 (Core): $99.99 (System Builder/OEM)
  • Windows 8 Pro: $139.99 (System Builder/OEM)
  • Windows 8 Pro Upgrade – $69.99
  • Windows 8 Pro Pack (Product Key Card) – $69.99

Buy Windows 8 Pro

You can buy Genuine Windows 8 Pro at Microsoft Store at great prices! You can buy the Windows 8 Pro Pack there too. You can buy Windows 8 from Amazon or Microsoft Store.

Windows 8 PCs

Acer Aspire 7600 U – It is a desktop featuring large, touch sensitive displays that can either be detached from the desktop station or rotate to lay flat.

Asus Vivo RT – Tablet and a laptop. Powered by Windows RT, the thin and light machine is capable of functioning as both, tablet and laptop thereby offering best of both the worlds.

Others included in the list are Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro – Convertible, HP Envy X2 – A Hybrid and HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 – An ultrabook. You can pre-order new Windows 8 PCs and devices from OEM partners such as Acer, Dell, Asus, HP, Samsung and Sony now.

You can get more details at the Microsoft News Center & Windows Team Blog.

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