Microsoft announced today that current users of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99. The upgrade process will include access to the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which will scan your PC to ensure that your hardware and software are compatible for Windows 8.
Once Upgrade Assistant has completed, the install can run directly from a download or you can create your own media with a downloadable .ISO file burned to a DVD. A DVD copy can also be ordered from Microsoft for an extra $15.
For upgraders that prefer a packaged DVD, a full retail version will be available at retail stores for $69.99. All pricing is effective until January 31st, 2013.
Microsoft has not announced a final release date yet, but most are expecting Windows 8 to be available in October, 2012.
With an aggressive $40 price tag, Microsoft is pushing for wide adoption of Windows 8. With millions of users still running Windows XP, this may be the push that many will need to upgrade to the latest software. The question remains, is it worth it to upgrade from a stable Windows 7?
For full details, see the announcement at : Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99