Early bird catches the worm.
Microsoft yesterday opened up registration for the Windows 8 upgrade program that will allow anyone purchasing a Windows 7 machine between June 2nd, 2012 and January 31st, 2013 to upgrade to Windows 8 for just $15. For those that aren't purchasing a new computer, Microsoft last month announced that anyone running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 at launch you qualify for a $39.99 download of Windows 8 Pro. If you prefer an actual physical copy, you can pick Windows 8 Pro up in store for $69.99 during this promotion. At the time, Microsoft said this upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail would through January 31, 2013. So, what happens then?
According to the folks over on The Verge, the price of the retail version of Windows 8 Pro will be just under $200 once the calendars flip over to February 1. The Verge cites a source familiar with Microsoft's plans that says Windows 8 Pro will be priced at $199 after the promotional price expires on January 31. Additionally, the $69.99 upgrade option at retail stores will jump to $99.99.
In other words, you'll pay significantly more if you decide to wait until well into the new year to adopt Windows 8. Windows 8 is scheduled for release on October 26 of this year. Will you be adopting the OS while it's going cheap? Let us know in the comments below!