How Will Discounted Windows 8 Upgrades Work In Australia?

The short and annoying answer: we don't know yet. Anyone in the US who buys a PC running Windows 7 between now and mid-January will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $US14.99. There's no price for Australia yet, but I'll be amazed if it isn't higher.

Microsoft says the Windows Upgrade Offer will be rolling out from June 1 in 131 countries worldwide. However, when I asked Microsoft Australia what was happening, the response was terse: "We will have more details to share at a later date".

I'm really hoping "a later date" turns out to be June 1 US time, rather than months down the line. If you're thinking of buying a new PC before the financial year ends, I'd definitely wait a bit longer to see if an upgrade offer appears. In the meantime, you can upgrade to the Windows 8 Release Preview for testing purposes.


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    I was pleased to hear about this, then i realized it wont apply to me as im going to be building my own box (or more accurately getting a computer shop to build it, the last one i built was 8 years ago and my big hands just cant fit in those small spaces anymore), but its much cheaper than a name brand. I can put Win7 on from the MSDN subscription but i may not have that when win8 comes along.

    Info is now available https://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US/Home/ProgramInfo

    Normally I wouldn't rush out and upgrade straight away. Not until I know a majority of bugs have been worked out, much like the title bar in the picture :)

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