Home Reviews Software Windows 8 about to get dearer – 31 January deadline for deals
Windows 8 about to get dearer – 31 January deadline for deals Featured
Get all your tech news delivered to your mail box five days a week
iTWire UPDATE - it's FREE!


The initial promotional pricing for Windows 8 Pro upgrades changes from 1 February – the new price could be up to three times more!

Savvy buyers are purchasing licence keys now – there is no time limit on installing Windows and the Upgrade version can be used to do a clean install.

The best on-line deal is from Microsoft (Click here) where Win 8 Pro “upgrade” (download - no disk, for existing PC’s running genuine XP or later) costs $39.99.

If you need an install DVD the same upgrade is RRP $69.99 from most retailers. According to a JB Hi-Fi (Sydney) that have an on-line order only special price of $58 (pickup from store or delivery extra) it has been flying out the Windows (bad pun) since the word got around about the price increase deadline. OfficeWorks has it for $48.72 – limited to 5 units per customer. It is expected that the new price for this product will be around $200 from Friday 1 February.

White box computer parts reseller MSY said that there would be no change to their OEM version pricing for Windows 8 Standard (32 or 64 bit – not both) for $95 and $99 and the Pro version for $139 and $148 but customers needed to buy at least a motherboard, CPU and memory to be eligible for OEM versions.

What about Windows 7?

According to JB’s “Any Windows 7 we sell is to smaller companies who want to keep their environment consistent”. He added that Windows 8 was all that was being asked for by consumers “The $14.99 Windows upgrade offer really helped move a lot of old inventory Windows 7 computers - as far as consumers are concerned the latest is the greatest”.

A mid-sized network support company commented that “We don’t do Windows 8 or recommend mixed environments - it was a huge job to get rid of XP and Vista and we expect to see Win 7 remain in corporate environments for another three to four years until the end of life of the current equipment”. MSY said that Windows 7 Pro OEM was still selling very well to “techies” despite little cost difference with Windows 8.

 

Is Microsoft ripping us off by jacking up the price?

According to Microsoft the vast majority (huge, almost all) of Windows 8 licences are sold with new PC's or notebooks. They have given a reasonable wIndow to Windows 7 users and the temporary promotional price to get the software on as many machines as possible was well publicised and, well temporary. It is human nature to want a deal so all I can say is that if you plan to do some upgrades buy it now and be happy that you got that deal - I am off to OfficeWorks right now (call me sentimental but I like having a disk and a box)... 

 

OWN THE FUTURE OF SOFTWARE

Tomorrow, 26 August we’re delivering a FREE day of high-impact content to give you the know-how to lead in the App Economy. Please don’t be sorry you missed it.

• Keynotes on how software is rewriting businesses the world over, including our own backyard

• View code level details with context and repair problems quickly

• Fix problems in minutes before they wreak havoc

• Streams covering DevOps, Security and Management Cloud from pioneers at the coalface.

Register Now - it's FREE!

CLICK TO REGISTER!

ITWIRE SERIES - IS YOUR BACKUP STRATEGY COSTING YOU CLIENTS?

Where are your clients backing up to right now?

Is your DR strategy as advanced as the rest of your service portfolio?

What areas of your business could be improved if you outsourced your backups to a trusted source?

Read the industry whitepaper and discover where to turn to for managed backup

FIND OUT MORE!

Ray Shaw

joomla stats

Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

Connect