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Win 8 Will Run You $40

Microsoft really wants you to buy Windows 8. How much? You can upgrade to the professional version for just $40. The poor saps who bought Vista had to shell out a minimum of $120 to get off that load and onto the proper Windows 7 (most were probably happy to pay it!).

My guess is the dirt cheapness is because Win 8 doesn't compete with the Mac or desktop Linux. Microsoft is now entering the tablet wars and it wants a coalition willing to resist the charms of the iPad and the low price of Android.

And for an extra $15, you get a backup copy of Win 8 on DVD. Now that's the real bargain.

Is this a cool deal? If not, what would you spend $40 on? Answers to both welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/09/2012 at 1:19 PM


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