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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Comment by tanzam75
by tanzam75 on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 22:08 UTC
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Apple makes most of its money on iPhones, which have 71% gross margins. Mac OS X is essentially a hobby in comparison.

Apple's operating system licensing allows for several installs within a family - will this be possible with the Windows 8 Pro license? Also, can we upgrade our release preview installs?

Unless something changes from Windows 7, the answer is no to both questions. There was a family pack for Windows 7 that cost more. Beta versions of Windows have never been upgradeable.

If all you run is Metro apps, then upgradeability doesn't matter, because your environment travels along with your Microsoft ID. But I rather doubt this describes anyone here at OSNews.

Edited 2012-07-02 22:09 UTC

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RE: Comment by tanzam75
by lucas_maximus on Wed 4th Jul 2012 18:52 in reply to "Comment by tanzam75"
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Apple make money on the hardware, not the software.

Edited 2012-07-04 18:53 UTC

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