Windows 8 Pro, which has been available as an upgrade for Windows XP, Vista and 7 users for only $39.99, will be jumping in price up to $199.99 after Jan. 31. The standard Windows 8 will be available for $119.99. However, if you purchased a Windows 7 PC after June 2, 2012, but before Jan. 31 of this year, you have until Feb. 28 to register for the Windows Upgrade Offer to receive the upgrade for $14.99. After that date, you’ll have to pay full price too if you decide to upgrade to Windows 8.
Why the 500 percent increase? The $39.99 was never intended to be permanent; it was a special offer to encourage early adoption. Depending on how you look at it, that may or may not have been successful. According to a report by web metrics firm Net Applications Windows 8 market share in December grew by 57 percent over November’s totals.
However that still leaves Windows 8 in 7th place in market share at a dismal 1.72 percent. This leaves Windows 8 trailing far behind Windows 7 at approximately 45%, Windows XP at 39% and even Windows Vista at 5 percent and Mac OS X 10.8, 10.7 and 10.6 at about 2 percent each. Compared to one month after Windows 7′s launch, Windows 8′s activation rate has been significantly lower, and Windows 7 did not have a drastic introductory price to drive sales. Time will tell of this is too soon to bring the price of Windows 8 up, or if consumers just decide that new operating system isn’t worth the higher price.
If you’ve been on the fence about upgrading to Windows 8, the time to make up your mind is now. If you wait until February 1st, you’ll have to pay an $80 or $160 procrastination fee.
Source: Windows Team Blog via The Verge
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