On Thursday, Acer said that customers who purchase a specific Windows 7-based Ultrabook between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 will receive a free upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.
Previously Microsoft launched its Windows 8 Upgrade Program which offers the new operating system as a $14.99 upgrade for anyone purchasing a PC in that same time period. Acer is essentially refunding that fee, asking customers to go through the standard Windows Upgrade Process first, and then load up Acer's special refund website to get their $14.99 back once Windows 8 hits the market in October.
"Here the customer will be asked to provide information to confirm they have completed the Microsoft Upgrade Program and to identify their product," the company said. "Once this has been verified and the customer has met the requirements, Acer will then refund the customer for the online cost of the Microsoft Upgrade Process."
Eligible products in this specific promotion include the Acer Aspire S3, Acer Aspire S5, Acer Aspire M3 and Acer Aspire M5 only. Microsoft's promotion however also covers Acer PC’s running Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate, but the refund doesn't apply. Ultrabook customers can expect to receive their upgrade reimbursement in six to eight weeks after their submission, Acer said.
For those who purchased a Windows machine before the upgrade cutoff, Microsoft is offering a $39.99 Windows 8 Pro upgrade for customers currently running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. A packaged, DVD version of Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99. Both the online and in-store offer will run until January 31, 2013.
"We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8," Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc recently wrote in a blog post.
As for the Asus Ultrabook rebate, the company seemingly states it will be available everywhere save for North America. The full list of territories can be located here, and includes the United Kingdom, Australia, Poland, South Africa, Turkey and loads more. But don't fret: we expect to see a localized promotion appear in the next few weeks.