This cost push,is proof positive,that Microsoft are holding a 'lemon' with W8.
Pushing the price tag upwards,is pure desperation to get a return,but,it's counter-productive,it will make W8 sales look even worse.
M$ made a cardinal error when they created W8,in fact,it's even worse than VISTA,when it appeared.
They should have made W8 a tablet only OS,instead of pushing it onto the desktop.
It's pretty stupid making touch screen features for a desktop monitor,the mouse\keyboard will endure,who in their right mind wants grubby,fingerprinted, bacteria ridden monitor screens in front of their eyes?
Not long ago,our TV's were being flooded with images of news presenters using touch screens,a mere novely feature,which,like 3D of yesteryear(1950's)has faded away.
Start Screen is natural for a tablet,it just does NOT work for the desktop.
In future,Microsoft should do what they have done in the past,keep the OS's for tablets-desktops seperate.