) has announced that it will offer Windows XP, Windows Vista, and
Windows 7 users the opportunity to upgrade for $39.99. According
, the upgrade includes Windows 8 Pro, the most advanced version
of the upcoming operating system.
Due for release before the end of the year, Windows 8 features
two prominent changes, including Metro -- a tablet-friendly
tile-based menu that shows all of a user's programs. Windows 8
will also be the first Windows operating system to
remove the Start button
Consumers who purchase a new Windows 7 PC today can upgrade to
Windows 8 for $14.99.
Earlier this year, Apple (NASDAQ:
) announced that it would allow customers who purchased a
qualifying Mac system
to upgrade to Mountain Lion for free when it is released in July.
Other Mac users will be charged $19.99 for the upgrade.
Bloggers and tech reporters have been critical of both
operating systems. Business Insider does not think that Apple
charge a dime
for Mountain Lion, which reportedly lacks the level of changes
that typically accompany an OS X upgrade.
The Verge published a
of Microsoft's highly anticipated operating system, answering the
question, "What is wrong with Metro and Windows 8?"
In March, a former Microsoft employee launched a
Fix Windows 8
campaign to encourage Microsoft to improve the operating system
before it is released.
Microsoft has not announced the official shipping date of
Windows 8, but there have been several reports that point to
an October 2012 release
, giving Best Buy (NYSE:
) and Amazon (NASDAQ:
) plenty of time to stock up on Windows 8 PCs for the holiday
Currently, retailers are struggling to maintain stock of the
next-gen MacBook Pro
, which has reportedly
beaten all sales expectations
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