Microsoft has just announced that interested consumers can reserve a packaged DVD of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 (€53.9) at several retailers in the United States.
Basically, American users can take advantage of the offer at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store, while more retailers are very likely to launch a similar campaign anytime soon.
“When you receive your copy of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade, you’ll see that the packaging takes a fresh approach, in the reimagining of Windows,” Brandon LeBlanc of Microsoft said
in a blog post.
Those who are willing to wait until the official debut of the new operating system on October 26 will also be allowed to upgrade to Windows 8 via Windows.com.
Pricing for this special version is $39.99 (€30.8), Microsoft has confirmed.
“Online upgrade to Windows 8 Pro is supported for 140 countries worldwide, with 37 languages, and 23 supported currencies! You will want to upgrade your PC to Windows 8 Pro sooner rather than later - this upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs only through to January 31st, 2013,” LeBlanc explained in the same post.
In addition, interested consumers can preorder a Windows 8 PC from companies such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Samsung and Sony, but keep in mind that deliveries will only begin after October 26.
Last but not least, Microsoft will continue its special upgrade offer by allowing Windows 7 buyers to upgrade to Windows 8 for only $14.99 (€11.5) in case they have purchased a new Windows 7 consumer between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013.