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Microsoft Corp.'s partners on Friday revealed the look of Windows 8 products retail packaging as well as pricing information. The new operating systems will continue to be sold separately as 32-bit and 64-bit versions; besides, several upgrade options will be offered.

The design of Microsoft Windows 8 operating systems packaging will be vastly different from the previous version, which should emphasize the reimagining of Windows. The Win 8 will come in packages that will feature one of 5 vibrant illustrations. Microsoft moved to paper based materials (the exception of course being the DVD inside), which allowed it to make an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption. The software giant also claims that it reduced the packaging weight by 41%, which is also good for ecology as well as shipment costs., one of the U.S. largest online stores, on Friday began to take pre-orders on different Windows 8 products. The price-list for Windows 8 SKUs looks as follows:

  • Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit version OEM - $99.99
  • Windows 8 Pro 32-bit or 64-bit version OEM - $139.99
  • Windows 8 Pro Pack (product key only, upgrades Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro) - $69.99 (original price - $99.99)
  • Windows 8 Professional Upgrade (upgrades any Windows XP/Vista/7 PC to Windows 8 Pro) - $69.99 (original price - $199.99)

As expected, Microsoft dropped full retail versions of its operating systems and therefore end-users will have to get OEM versions for personal use. The good news is that they are less expensive, the bad news is that they do not offer tech support.

It is noteworthy that upgrading to Windows 8 Pro from an older operating system will eventually cost more than getting a full Windows 8 Pro. Moreover, those, who definitely plan to migrate to Windows 8 Pro, can upgrade online via using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant for just $39.99 from October 26, 2012, to January 31, 2013.

Microsoft Windows 8 operating system will be available in three editions. All three will support  touch-screen, keyboard and mouse, all general capabilities of Windows and Metro-style apps. For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors, Microsoft will offer Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 will include all the general features of Windows, updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly (which was previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows). Windows 8 Pro is designed for tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals, it features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. For various devices running ARM microprocessors, Microsoft will offer Windows RT, which will include touch-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, but will not run Windows applications designed for x86 processors.

Windows 8 will be available starting October 26, 2012, in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, Windows RT


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Discussion started: 10/12/12 07:14:36 PM
Latest comment: 10/15/12 01:55:34 PM
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There's some confusion here guys. You mention retail in the headline and then it turns out this price is for OEM. Should be fixed.
0 0 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 10/12/12 07:14:36 PM]
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Martian, you actually have to read the text. Problem is, there are no retail versions of Windows 8. You have to buy OEM and accept "for personal use" term.

In fact, this is a gorgeous way to cease piracy in developing markets.
0 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 10/13/12 06:48:29 AM]
You are actually supposed to use proper wording. Retail as a verb is an unfortunate choice there.

On one hand, the only thing MS can gain is the end of the monopoly of Windows since it roots in their traditionally mild anti-piracy approach, on the other hand as a first reaction people are likely to come up with very ingenious ways of stealing before they start migrating to alternatives.

In general, lately companies developed the misconcept of having the right and the ability to manipulate markets and customers, impose their self-interest on anybody. It looks like the course of events head some kind of revolution since it is not possible to go against the masses on the long run. Certain groups have tried and failed in history.
1 0 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 10/13/12 04:36:08 PM]
haha, the only way you expect me to download windows 8 is by pirated copy, no way in hell i will pay 99USD for that ...

And trust me Microsoft them self release a pirated copy to the middle east, so we can help get the trend on and make windows 8 more adopted, if that policy was not started from the Windows XP era, then the whole middle east and Arab countries where using GNU\Linux, and we would learned something for change, but here we all use windows xp/7 cause Microsoft releases a pirated build for us...
3 0 [Posted by: medo  | Date: 10/13/12 11:35:09 PM]

As expected, Microsoft dropped full retail versions of its operating systems and therefore end-users will have to get OEM versions for personal use.

What nonsense is this, is MS trying to force us enthusiasts to buy another copy of Win8 every few months when we swap motherboards?
1 1 [Posted by: qiqi1021  | Date: 10/12/12 08:14:23 PM]
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They think enthusiasts are all software pirates anyway...
3 0 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 10/12/12 10:15:20 PM]
On the contrary, the license is quite relaxed.
2 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 10/14/12 04:09:54 AM]

Windows Media Center is an Add-on for $!

On top of that you have to have the more expensive Win8 Pro, OEM $139.

This is definitely a "skip" version of Windows OS for me and all clients. As it will be for the enterprise.

I guess it's every other OS that is decent from MS.
1 0 [Posted by: fdunn  | Date: 10/13/12 08:04:40 AM]
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Media Centre will be free at the start.
1 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 10/14/12 04:10:48 AM]

...the article forget to mention that all versions of Windows 8 will come with a free one liter container of monitor screen cleaner, so that users can wipe traces left by their dirty fingers while "gesturing"...
3 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 10/13/12 09:13:13 AM]
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You just nailed it! +1 Hats off to you sir.
Usually as an enthusiast I jump on nearly every bandwagon that comes along, This could be the first OS I skip, Might be great for tablets/win 8 phones but for desktop I think it is going to suck!
0 0 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 10/15/12 01:10:27 AM]

even the box art is ugly
0 1 [Posted by: phatboye  | Date: 10/13/12 01:55:18 PM]
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LOL .... they tend to suck up to MACOS arse with this one, and probably people wil buy it againg. Just like fine new smartphones every year or two
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 10/15/12 01:50:31 PM]

Windows 8, your going down ...
1 0 [Posted by: medo  | Date: 10/13/12 11:36:01 PM]
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down where?

i dont want them down here they smell already up there and they can stay there.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 10/15/12 01:51:31 PM]

So why still the x32 bit versions? Who the hell is still using x32 versions of Windows on new builds anyways??
0 1 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 10/14/12 03:30:50 PM]
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Are you such uneducated?

Craptastic Atom users .... Atom4HTPC :rofl:

You ask wrong questions m8. Only thing MegaCrap wants to have an offer and people will buy it.

People brag about MegaCrap is going to splat into gutter after Vista was released ... and yet they still manage to sell same shayt like in Win3.11 days
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 10/15/12 01:55:34 PM]


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