Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 19:45 UTC
Windows So, I guess Apple set a trend three years ago when it announced the $29 pricing for Snow Leopard (insert patent joke here). Microsoft has just announced the upgrade pricing for Windows 8 Pro - and it's good. Every Windows XP, Vista, and 7 install, no matter the version, is eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro (download version) for just $39.99. The fine print: this offer only runs until January 31, 2013.
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I'll probably go for one copy at first, just to see if Microsoft has slimmed Windows down any to make it run on phones and tablets. That will also tell me if I can tolerate Metro, or replace Metro with a more usable (on a PC) desktop. In a way also I think of it as amortizing the egregious prices Microsoft was charging for windows 7.

I don't know that I'll use it, though, or migrate my other Win 7 instances, if it hasn't lost any weight, or doesn't otherwise give me a good reason to. Microsoft's trend of dumbing down the Windows UI makes it harder to find more obscure configuration settings and fix things when they do break, and it drives me up a wall. Win 8 looks like a continuation (or maybe gross exaggeration) of this trend.

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