Feeds

Microsoft sets the price for a Windows 8 upgrade at $40

Offer extends through January 2013

3 Big data security analytics techniques

For all those customers who can’t wait to enjoy Windows 8’s Metro UI, Microsoft has announced pricing and availability of an upgrade package for users of previous versions of Windows.

Customers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 during a promotional period that ends January 31, 2013. The upgrade will be available for download from Windows.com as soon as Windows 8 enters general availability.

Users who purchase the upgrade will be walked through the process of downloading and installing it by a Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant at Windows.com. The Assistant will also identify any device or application compatibility issues.

mintBox

Microsoft's hoping for painless upgrades with its tools (click to enlarge)

Just how many issues might crop up will depend in part on your current OS. Microsoft says Windows 7 users will be able to migrate all of their settings, personal files, and apps from their existing installation. Vista users will only keep their Windows settings and files, while XP users will lose everything but their files. On the other hand, users who prefer to wipe their drives and install the new version clean will be able to do that, too.

Although the Upgrade Assistant will automatically download and install the update, users will also be able to burn it to a DVD or to a bootable USB drive, if they choose. In addition, users who don’t feel like burning a disc themselves will be able to order one from Microsoft for $15, plus shipping and handling. That’s still a good deal, since a packaged DVD of the upgrade will cost $69.99 at retail stores during the promotional period.

Steve Sinofsky, vice president of Microsoft’s Windows division, has hinted that Windows 8 may be released to manufacturers as early as this month, which suggests that it will arrive in the retail channel by late this year.

The newly-announced upgrade promotion applies to anyone with a current PC running a qualifying version of Windows. Microsoft earlier announced a separate promotion for new PC buyers, which allows them to purchase a Windows 8 upgrade voucher for $14.99. Still no definite word on what full, retail versions of the new OS will cost however. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates
Nearby Friends feature goes live in a few weeks
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.