Who doesn’t like getting things for free or cheap? Since Windows 8 was unveiled last October, there was much hype about Microsoft’s latest version of their operating system, Windows 8, and a somewhat anemic initial response to it, even with the discount offer. Microsoft has offered similar discount deals in the past. Windows 7 is still available at its discount price of £69. This time, however, Windows 8 is cheaper – £25 – but the discount offer has an expiration date.
One of Leon’s PCs had the Vista 64 bit operating system on it; he decided to try the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro 64 bit. It was quite a painless process, only needing to re-install his programmes afterward. When upgrading from Windows 7, most programmes will not need to be re-installed. It’s interesting to note that Leon actually got a newer operating system for much less than the previous one.
Is it worth getting Windows 8? We’re not really fans of any operating system. Leon has only ever been happy with the Amiga OS, and even then it wasn’t perfect, but you can’t ignore the discount price at £25 ($40 USD). Consider also that you can get the Windows Media Centre for FREE, if you got the Windows 8 Pro.
Some have criticised the new Modern UI of Win 8, saying it’s not as easy to use. But you don’t just get into a car and drive it, do you? You have to learn how to use it so you can navigate and operate the controls properly. The simpler looking interface does not mean it was dumbed down. All the features are still there, just in a cleaner, better organised way. You only need to know how to find them. The learning curve in Win 8 is surprisingly short.
To take advantage of the available upgrade discount, you can start at one of these links:
- In the United Kingdom: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/buy
- In the United States: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/buy
- For the Windows 8 Media Centre: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/feature-packs
Keep in mind that Microsoft’s offer is only good until the the price goes up to $199.99 USD on 1 February. Why wait and pay through the nose?