Today information regarding availability of Windows 8 and pre-order information was announced by several sources.
Starting today, you can reserve a packaged DVD of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 USD ERP* (U.S.) at select retailers. When you receive your copy of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade, you’ll see that the packaging takes a fresh approach, in the reimagining of Windows. Your package will feature one of 5 vibrant illustrations – you can check out all 5 here on Facebook. We moved to paper based materials (the exception of course being the upgrade DVD inside) which allowed us to make an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption. And we’ve reduced the packaging weight by 41%.
In the U.S., you will find this offer at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store and many more. I suggest checking with your local retailers.
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If you don’t want to go the retail packaging, you can purchase Windows 8 as a digital download for $39.99. All distributions of Windows 8 with exception to the OEM versions are upgrades. So if you do not have a qualifying version of Windows installed on your machine (Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7), you should purchase the OEM version of either Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro.
- Windows 8 Professional Upgrade – $69.99 (save $130)
- Windows 8 Pro Pack – Product Key Card (no media) – $69.99 (save $30)
- Windows 8 (Full Version) – OEM $99.99
- Windows 8 Pro (Full Version) – OEM $139.99
Microsoft has also introduced some changes to the retail boxed package, with a slimmer more eco-friendly design. Considering that this is probably the last release of Windows we are seeing in a retail package, I will definitely be picking up a copy. Check it out.
The design is a bit artsy, reminiscent of the Adobe Creative Suite products with a flare of the ‘Sounds of the 80’s.