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Microsoft Corp. has revealed pricing and packaging of new Windows 8.1 operating system on Wednesday. For those, who already use Windows 8, the upgrade will be free, but the new adopters will have to pay from $120 to $200 for a copy as Microsoft will not launch any special discount campaigns on Windows 8.1 like it did with its predecessor.

Consumers who are not using a Windows 8 device will be able to buy Windows 8.1, either as a download from Windows.com or at a local store as a retail packaged DVD product. While pricing varies by market, in the U.S., Windows 8.1 will be available for $119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for $199.99. If one has a device with Windows 8.1 edition, he or she will be able to purchase the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack for $99.99, which unlocks all of the great features unique to Pro, as well as Windows Media Center. Windows 8.1 Pro users can buy Windows Media Center for $9.99. The pricing and editions for Windows 8.1 are similar to what Microsoft has today for Windows 8. 

One shift to note in Windows 8.1 is that Microsoft will be offering “full version software” at retail and online for download that does not require a previous version of Windows in order to be installed. The copy of Windows 8 that is currently available for sale at retail and online is an “upgrade version”. This shift allows more flexibility for customers in specific technical scenarios and is in response to feedback Microsoft has received. It will be easier for those consumers who want to build PCs from scratch, run Windows 8.1 in virtual machine (VM) environments, or run Windows 8.1 on a second hard drive partition.

 

Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system will be launched on October 18, 2013, bringing new features and improvements such as greater personalization, Bing Smart Search, and more than 20 new and improved Microsoft apps and services. The Windows 8.1 is expected to prolong battery life and improve performance on systems running the latest microprocessors.

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Will you pay $ hundreds for Windows 8.1 to fix a greedy UI design bug (the entire Windows 8)? You should say no.
2 0 [Posted by: Bean Cube  | Date: 09/20/13 02:35:31 PM]
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You are not paying anything for the fix if you own Windows 8 you own Windows 8.1. So this is just a licensing change for "new" customers of windows 8/8.1.
0 0 [Posted by: caqde  | Date: 09/20/13 02:52:22 PM]
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i hv windows 8 liense nd i m using win7 coz w8 is good only for fun while for productivity......not neeed to say worst windows ever,
1 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 09/20/13 02:58:02 PM]
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year after year but MS is not fixing real problem-

yes frnds there r severe backholes in windows OS nd MS knows about them very well but they r not fixing coz its their dirty business.

1.if u delete any document(like bank statement) actually its not deleted just moved to othter location so any skilled person can access that........means user f***** up.

2.there r many ways to bypass windows security...to install spyware,trojans MS knows them nd can fix that but not doing that coz it will kill hundreds of billion dollar antivirus market.

3.those who believes IE is the most secure browser........dumb.

4.we all usually hv bank statements pdf files or other type of extremely important files how u can secure that? best answer is encryption, correct but which? AES 256bit, correct but why?supercomputer needs trillion year to break that,correct..but but but here is a twist if u r using windows OS it will not take more than a week to break world's strongest encryption weather twofish or aes or serpent.

5.and what about windows own encryption u will be shocked if i want i can break 8 character protected in just 5 hr.(plz dont ask for computing system's specs its huge and classified but any capable community can manage that).i faced such a brute-force attack on my system nd now i hv empty disks coz i initiated self-destruct module via my phone but everyone don't hv such kind of sophisticated tools.

so MS plz fix that backdoors,, and for our reader frnds plz don't trust blindly on windows os nd if possible use linux for net banking or to save sensitive data.
1 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 09/20/13 02:58:59 PM]
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I have Win XP and is still enough for my needs!
0 0 [Posted by: Dinko Mat  | Date: 09/20/13 03:08:55 PM]
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Linux is free.

1) It works better.
2) Does what you want.
3) No NSA backdoors.
4) Minimal threat from viruses.

Microsoft is like GM. Changing everything every few years to wow the public.
Linux is like Ferrari - incremental improvement/change.
2 0 [Posted by: Fireal Laname  | Date: 09/20/13 03:29:11 PM]
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