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Topic # 105356 3-Jul-2012 09:10 Send private message

Just spotted this on the Microsoft Facebook page:

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/02/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro-for-39-99.aspx

In a nutshell, upgrade from Win XP, Vista or 7 to Win 8 Pro for $40

Can anyone spot a catch?

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  Reply # 649869 3-Jul-2012 09:12 Send private message

The catch is it's in US$? ;)






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  Reply # 649872 3-Jul-2012 09:15 Send private message

Even in $USD thats still bloody cheap, looks like an Apple trick! ;)

 

 



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  Reply # 649874 3-Jul-2012 09:19 Send private message

And media center add on is included for free as a separate add on till the promotion time ends which is 31st January 2013. Most likely will be NZ$49.99




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  Reply # 649875 3-Jul-2012 09:22 Send private message

About time they did something like that. Will really slow down piracy.

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  Reply # 649877 3-Jul-2012 09:24 Send private message

I wonder how much the "Windows 8 Pro System Builder product" referenced right at the end will be?

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  Reply # 650029 3-Jul-2012 13:23 Send private message

$50NZD is not too bad at all

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  Reply # 650042 3-Jul-2012 13:32 Send private message

It's $20 if you by windows 7 on a new PC from June. It does suck though that you have to pay extra for windows media centre, even if your windows 7 version had it. I don't really see the advantage of windows 8 on non tablet PC, after trialling it on a notebook.

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  Reply # 650045 3-Jul-2012 13:35 Send private message

Hmmm... just bought a new laptop that came with a $20 upgrade to Win 8 when it drops. I thought that was a good deal but doesn't sound so amazing now. Still, can't complain...

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  Reply # 650046 3-Jul-2012 13:36 Send private message

GeoffisPure: Hmmm... just bought a new laptop that came with a $20 upgrade to Win 8 when it drops. I thought that was a good deal but doesn't sound so amazing now. Still, can't complain...


Did you get a voucher or something? I didn't get anything with my computer, but told I would need to apply to microsoft for it.

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  Reply # 650059 3-Jul-2012 14:00 Send private message

mattwnz:
GeoffisPure: Hmmm... just bought a new laptop that came with a $20 upgrade to Win 8 when it drops. I thought that was a good deal but doesn't sound so amazing now. Still, can't complain...


Did you get a voucher or something? I didn't get anything with my computer, but told I would need to apply to microsoft for it.


This is the link that Dell gave me. https://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US/Home/ProgramInfo

Apparently it only works with the latest models they brought out recently.

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  Reply # 650085 3-Jul-2012 14:41 Send private message

billgates: Most likely will be NZ$49.99


I dont think so...

It says US$39.99 in 131 markets so I think its the same price in all those markets (in US$ of course). However XE says $39.99 is NZ$49.60 so you're kind of right but I think what's going to happen is that everyone will just license it over the interwebs and pay the single global price.

I doubt it will be US$40/NZ$50 if you happen to walk into DSE, Noel Leeming etc though.

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  Reply # 650101 3-Jul-2012 15:21 Send private message

tchart:
I dont think so...

It says US$39.99 in 131 markets so I think its the same price in all those markets (in US$ of course). However XE says $39.99 is NZ$49.60 so you're kind of right but I think what's going to happen is that everyone will just license it over the interwebs and pay the single global price.

I doubt it will be US$40/NZ$50 if you happen to walk into DSE, Noel Leeming etc though.


It could very well be NZ$44.99 but NZ$49.99 is what it looks like it's going to be. The current Windows 8 promo offer for new Windows 7 buyers is US$14.99 and Microsoft in NZ priced it at NZ$19.99

Companies don't really go for exact currency rates exchange when pricing products. They go for the 99 cents rounding even if they charge slightly more for it.




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  Reply # 650117 3-Jul-2012 16:25 Send private message

Strange how they're no longer going to include WMC. I hope it doesn't mark an unfortunate turn for the worse. I'm already unhappy with the tiered pricing structure. What if they introduce packages like the "Essentials Addon: Get notepad, the calculator, AND paint for one low price of just $9.95!" That, couples with the rather unfortunate Metro interface, leaves me wondering why I would upgrade from 7.

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  Reply # 650119 3-Jul-2012 16:30 Send private message

GBristow: Strange how they're no longer going to include WMC. I hope it doesn't mark an unfortunate turn for the worse. I'm already unhappy with the tiered pricing structure. What if they introduce packages like the "Essentials Addon: Get notepad, the calculator, AND paint for one low price of just $9.95!" That, couples with the rather unfortunate Metro interface, leaves me wondering why I would upgrade from 7.


If they're planning on moving to a more app-based system, like iOS and WP7, that might be the case: break it down & sell the bits separately - on the bright side, rather than pay $5 for notepad, there would be a dozen different free alternatives as well.

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  Reply # 650130 3-Jul-2012 17:03 Send private message

How realistic is it to shell out $300 for an operating system? I have a MSDN account that grants me access to MS software due to me being in the industry so I can relate to the level of piracy MS is getting. It is good if they offer an upgrade option for the latest release

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