Windows 8, the latest operating system from Microsoft, will be available at a special price tag for all students, faculty, and staff starting tomorrow, February 1, 2013, the Redmond-based software giant has announced.The new Windows 8 student offer will kick off in the United States at first, but it will reach other markets around the world as well in the coming months.
A total of 50 markets will enjoy the special offer that has Windows 8 available at only $69.99 – or 51.5 Euro – (ERP) by March 19, Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc announced in a recent blog post.
Students will be able to grab the Windows 8 Pro upgrade at this price tag online via the Microsoft Store, but the offer will be limited to “five (5) copies of the item per 12-month period.”
“This academic offer for eligible students, faculty, and staff requires verification of eligibility prior to purchase,” said blog post also explains.
Windows 8 will provide students with a new Start Screen, which should prove a great option when it comes to work or leisure, being easier to organize and delivering faster access to things that matter the most to them.
The platform also comes bundled with various applications from Microsoft, as well as with access to more of them through the built-in Windows Store.
“With Windows 8, students can download apps from the Windows Store like Microsoft OneNote or Evernote for taking notes in class or Skype to stay connected with friends and family,” Brandon LeBlanc notes.
Students interested in the offer should know that they will qualify for the promotion as long as they have a valid e-mail address through a qualifying education institution.
Additionally, they will need a PC that is currently powered by a genuine copy of Windows XP (XP3), Windows Vista or Windows 7, Microsoft explains.
Starting with February 18, Microsoft will also provide students with the possibility to try Windows 8 first-hand, as it will kick off the Windows Campus Tour on that day, set to visit over 150 university campuses across the U.S.
“So, stop by and try Windows 8, check out the latest tablets and PC’s for students and chat with a team of Techsperts about Windows 8 PC’s and more,” Brandon LeBlanc continues.
Those who would like to learn more on the Windows Campus Tour should head over to this page on Microsoft’s website. Additional info on Windows 8 can be found via this link.