Windows 8: The end of the full retail version PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 July 2012 06:20
Windows 8 - OEM
There's a rumor going around that, with Windows 8, Microsoft is doing away with the full version of Windows sold at retail. If this pans out -- and so far, I have heard it from only one source - I doubt there will be anyone lining up in protest. In Microsoft parlance, a full product typically means a non-upgrade, fully licensed version of Windows sold in a box via brick-and-mortar and/or online retailers. With Windows, full product tends to be quite expensive -- and not very popular, as most users get their Windows either preloaded on new PCs, via volume-licensing deals, or as an upgrade to an existing version of Windows. Very few users want or need a complete, new copy of Windows for a machine on which Windows has not been previously installed. With Windows 8, Microsoft is being aggressive with upgrade pricing. Anyone with a copy of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or the Windows 8 Release Preview [with some caveats for Windows 8] will be able to buy up to five copies of Windows 8 Professional for $39.99 apiece through January 31, 2013....You can find the full story at windows8newsinfo forum.

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