As with previous releases it looks as Microsoft will once again be offering an upgrade offer for those purchasing a Windows 7 computer in the months leading up to the release of Windows 8. And the rumored cost for that upgrade is just $14.99.
According to CNET, Microsoft is to offer a Windows 8 upgrade promotion over the next few months. Anyone buying a machine running Windows 7 Home Basic or higher will be given a coupon allowing them to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro after it hits retail. The offer is expected to begin around the beginning of June and, according to a further report on Windows SuperSite, cost an extra $14.99. So not quite but almost free.
This date is expected to coincide with the unveiling of the Windows 8 Release Candidate. It also means Windows 8 remains on target to hit retail around October.
I actually have some experience of the pre-release Windows upgrade, having been part of the deal last time out. I purchased a laptop with Windows Vista installed on it a couple of months prior to the release of Windows 7, and then upgraded. I may do the same again this time. I’m in need of a new laptop as my current one is getting a little tired, and there are reasons to pull the trigger now rather than after Windows 8 is released.
The main reason is that no one quite knows how good Windows 8 is going to be on desktop computers. By buying a laptop now with Windows 7 installed on it, I then have the option of upgrading to Windows 8 if and when I want to. I can even try it out and, if I decide I don’t like it, then reinstall the system back to Windows 7. It also ups the chances of bagging a bargain, as retailers do tend to drop prices in order to shift stock before a new version hits stores.