Friday, October 12th 2012

Windows 8 Pricing Revealed

Microsoft's biggest launch of the year, Windows 8, may be under two weeks away, but there are still a couple of things Redmond managed to keep secret despite consumers getting a fair look-and-feel of the new operating system with pre-launch Consumer Previews. A large volume of Windows licenses are sold through hardware vendors, where the operating system is sold pre-installed on PCs and notebooks. The rest is sold as packaged software, through conventional retail channels.

As packaged software, the two variants of Windows 8 (Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro) will be available as upgrade and full-version. The upgrade package lets you move from an existing installation of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, to the new OS. The Windows 8 Pro Upgrade is listed at an introductory price of US $69.99. For the same price, you get Windows 8 Pro Pack, which is a card with a software key to Windows 8 Pro (any architecture), no installation media. The OEM (builder) packages of Windows 8 (standard), which includes a key and installation media is sold in 64-bit and 32-bit variants, each priced at $99.99. Lastly, there are similar 64-bit and 32-bit packages for Windows 8 Pro, each priced at $139.99. Newegg.com is accepting pre-orders.

Source: Engadget
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58 Comments on Windows 8 Pricing Revealed

#1
punisher186
No reason for me to make the switch because there is no discernible gaming difference, which is what I use Windows for.
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Covert_Death
by: Drone
No. Affordable prices don't reduce piracy.
sure it does. i know i'm going to buy it since its actually AFFORDABLE. if it were outrageously priced I would however consider using.... alternative methods, I know i'm not the only one here
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FYFI13
I still feel like Microsoft should pay me for using Windows 8.. If not, i'm not going to touch it ever.
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Covert_Death
by: FYFI13
I still feel like Microsoft should pay me for using Windows 8.. If not, i'm not going to touch it ever.
Well that shouldn't be that hard for most since not many people have touch monitors ;-)
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FYFI13
by: Covert_Death
Well that shouldn't be that hard for most since not many people have touch monitors ;-)
Bull's-eye. No touch monitor, no Windows 8.
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xenocide
by: Drone
No. Affordable prices don't reduce piracy.
Actually they do;

http://torrentfreak.com/game-changing-study-puts-piracy-in-perspective-110311/
Moving on to what’s causing piracy, particularly in emerging economies, the report suggest that pricing is an important issue.

“High prices for media goods, low incomes, and cheap digital technologies are the main ingredients of global media piracy. Relative to local incomes in Brazil, Russia, or South Africa, the retail price of a CD, DVD, or copy of Microsoft Office is five to ten times higher than in the US or Europe. Legal media markets are correspondingly tiny and underdeveloped.”
As a bit of an ongoing example, Valve stated they were heavily criticized for launching in Russia, a territory where piracy is a massive problem, they have continued to maintain profits in Russia bolstered by their sales.
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#7
Drone
by: xenocide
Actually they do
People who don't want to pay let's say 200$ wouldn't want to pay 100$ either. Even programs that cost 1$ get pirated.
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xenocide
by: Drone
People who don't want to pay let's say 200$ wouldn't want to pay 100$ either. Even programs that cost 1$ get pirated.
There will always be people who pirate software, but if the price is right people who want to buy something--but have the barrier of cost--will do so rather than pirating it. I'd be more than willing to buy a new version of Windows when available if it wasn't going to cost me $150+ every time. It's money I just don't have. If it was say $50, I could probably swing that.
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