Microsoft Confirms $14.99 Windows 8 Upgrade Price For Australians

Thank goodness — someone forgot to charge the Australia tax. Microsoft just issued a statement confirming that Australians who buy a computer running Windows 7 over the next six months will pay just $14.99 to upgrade it to Windows 8 Pro — the same deal that's running in the US.

The offer applies to PCs purchased between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 (and the upgrade has to be purchased before the end of February 2013). The offer applies to Windows 8 Home Basic, Home Premium, Home Professional or Ultimate. That's more or less everything on the market, save for ultra-cheap netbooks running Windows 7 Starter. But those are a rare sight these days and can't really run Windows 8 anyway.

You won't be able to redeem the offer until the release version comes out, and we don't yet know what the final price for a standard upgrade will be. But at least you're getting the Pro version, which makes it a little easier to upgrade to Media Center if you wish, though you'll still pay an as-yet-unspecified amount extra for that privilege.

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    Just bought a new laptop on the 3rd, *high fives*

      Also to be slightly more accurate, Microsoft 'estimates' $14.99 upgrade price. From the FAQ:

      The price displayed is an estimated retail price at the time these FAQs were published. The actual price of the offer will vary by region since it is dependent on a variety of specific factors including exchange rate, local taxes, duties, fees, local market conditions and other pricing considerations, and may vary by each independent reseller. The actual price you pay may be more than the advertised price, due to these additional factors.

      They still have plenty of opportunity to add an AU tax :)

    Only fools and horses buy upgrades and software, they can always be sourced "elsewhere" for free ;)

      If you're opting to pirate software to avoid the fee of $14.99 for an upgrade then that is pretty tight. I think that the majority of people (in Australia anyway) pirate because the software/movie/music is unavailable/released later than the rest of the world or they have to pay ludicrous amounts for it here. I would gladly pay $15 bucks (estimate) for an upgrade.

      For the convenience that comes with owning a legit copy of windows, only fools and horses would smirk at the $15 fee.

    Ironically I think we can all thank Apple's past upgrade pricing policies for this.

    And Ginge is somewhat right, "Upgrade" copies of Windows always do come back and bite you once you get to the bogged-down-windows-needs-a-reinstall stage after 6-12 months.

      Windows 7 let you do a "clean" install with the upgrade disk.

      I haven't had issues since Win95->Win98.

        Unless you get Error code 0x80070241 on an old Laptop which drove me nuts for a day and a half last week!

        As pointed out below, I actually think Apple has very little to do with this pricing. Windows updates within a certain time frame used to be free, and the latest update pricing for OSX applied to all machines, not just those purchased within a certain time period.

        Windows ME and Vista were the worst versions. I think Microsoft which uses it's Windows user(s) for an information base should keep the upgrade price reasonable. Windows 7 is very good but you still can't beat an Apple system

    Here's hoping the Australia Tax continues to be forgotten. Hell, I can buy things in USD using PayPal - why bother with having a separate price for Australia anyway? Just let me buy it from you "from the US" in USD!

    Is W7 broken? When W7 falls over I'll think about it. Until then I'll happily run everything on the stable system.

      There's nothing wrong with Windows 7 but if you hate the new start screen and Metro, you probably should stick with it.
      I've been using the Consumer and Release preview. What impresses me most is the speed of everything from boot up to shut down and everything in between. Metro apps, however, seem to act like apps on android; on cold starts they take about a second or 2 to load but are basically instant after that.


        I have the release preview running on my Dell Mini 9 (atom cpu, 1GB ram) and it runs a treat, better than windows 7 actually, but I think that may have something to do with Aero not being around.....

    "The offer applies to Windows 8 Home Basic, Home Premium, Home Professional or Ultimate."

    I think you mean Windows 7 there Angus

      And just after that quote:
      "That’s more or less everything on the market, save for ultra-cheap netbooks running Windows 7 Starter. "

      I think he means what he means.

        How so? There are no such SKUs as Windows 8 Home Basic, Home Professional or Ultimate..... so I think he means Windows 7 inplace of Windows 8 Nicholas.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but when I bought a PC in the run up to Windows 7, the upgrade was free - I would have had to go out of my way not to get such an offer.

      Actually now that you say it. I recollect that it was the same thing for me. When I bought my laptop running up to Windows 7, it was free. So MS is just charging money for something which it was giving free before and advertising it as a "new" product.

      same went for xp -> vista...I remember getting a free upgrade. because I bought just before it was released

    I think what you actually remember was a 'free' upgrade from your PC maker. Who then charged somewhere between $10-$25 for postage/handling of it to you.
    This may be more expensive (for some), but it also is coming directly from MS. (FWIW)

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