Prices and packaging for Windows 8 officially announced

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Retailers are now taking pre-orders for Microsoft’s newest operating system.  You can reserve a hard copy on a dvd from many sites, including Newegg, Staples, Best Buy and others.  Cost will be $69.99 (US) for the upgrade version on a disc.  Microsoft will release the dvds in five different packages, one of them is shown below and the rest you can see at their Facebook page.

Prices and packaging for Windows 8 officially announcedNewegg is showing four different options for the operating system, including:

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  • Windows 8 Professional Upgrade – $69.99 (save $130)
  • Windows 8 Pro Pack – Product Key Card (no media) – $69.99 (save $30)
  • Windows 8 – OEM $99.99
  • Windows 8 Pro – OEM $139.99

And Newegg also has a $10 discount  for pre-orders, though this coupon is only available to their customers through their email offers.  You may notice that there is no full retail version, and no Ultimate version of the operating system.  And that “save $130” on the upgrade seems to indicate that this price is not going to be here forever.

If you wish to save more money on Windows 8, you can wait until Oct. 26th, and order the upgrade version of Windows 8 through the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.  Price for the download will be $39.99.  There is a limit of 5 downloaded upgrades per customer.  This low price will only be offered through January 31, 2013.

And as of today, new Windows 8 computers and other devices are available for pre-order from various manufacturers, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung and Sony.

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You can read more on the story at ZDNet and The Microsoft Blog.

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