Microsoft’s offer to upgrade your machines to Windows 8 at a promotional price is coming to an end. Currently available for as low as $39.99 (around Rs 2,200), the price of a standard Windows 8 upgrade will skyrocket to $119.99 (around Rs 6,600) starting February 1.

The promotional offer was meant to get people to embrace Windows 8 in October last year. Users of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 can purchase an upgrade to Windows' latest iteration for $39.99 right now. To sweeten the deal, in case you have a Windows 7 machine you bought after June 2 last year, Microsoft will let you upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for merely $14.99 (Rs 825 approx.)

If you already have a PC with Windows 8 pre-installed but want to move on to Windows 8 Pro, you can purchase the Windows 8 Pro Pack for $69.99 (Rs 3,850 approx.)

Now to be formally known as the Windows 8 UI

Available now for $39. You should also remember that Linux is free.

Starting February 1, Windows 8 will be available at the following prices:

  • The Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $199.99 MSRP (U.S.).
  • The Windows 8 upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $119.99 MSRP (U.S.).
  • The Windows 8 Pro Pack will cost $99.99 MSRP (U.S.).
  • The Windows 8 Media Center Pack will cost $9.99 MSRP (U.S.).

If you’re looking for a cheaper option post January 31, you can upgrade to a different edition. This version of Windows 8 will be cheaper at $119.99, but will have fewer features as compared to the Pro version. While this version still isn’t as cheap as the current promotional price, it’s still better than shelling out $119.99. Windows Media Centre pack, which is available for free for a limited time will soon cost you $9.99 (Rs.550 approx.)

Microsoft’s latest OS has been designed for touchscreen devices as well as regular desktop environments. It includes a new user interface (UI) and a host of new applications. The operating system features a new Start screen that gives you quick access to the apps and content you use the most. It also features an entirely new Internet Explorer 10 especially designed for touch and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive. In collaboration with hardware partners, Microsoft made more than 1,000 certified PCs and tablets, including Microsoft Surface, available for the launch of Windows 8.

Windows 8 is available in two primary versions – Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, as well as Windows 8 Enterprise for organisations. Launched at the same time was a new member of the Windows family, Windows RT, which is designed for ARM-based tablets and is pre-installed on some new devices. In addition to Microsoft Office 2013, Windows RT is designed exclusively for apps in the new Windows Store.

We have a quick guide in place to help you through the process of buying and installing your Windows 8 upgrade.

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