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Microsoft to increase Windows 8 upgrade pricing on February 1

By Shawn Knight · 43 replies
Jan 21, 2013
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  1. Microsoft has revealed that the upgrade edition of Windows 8 will be receiving a price increase starting February 1. If you’ve been on the fence about upgrading to Microsoft’s latest operating system, it’d be wise to make a decision one...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,876

    Microsoft must not be making enough money on Windows 8 sales, so they are raising prices to compensate. This makes me laugh so much more than I was already.
  3. Sir Alex Ice

    Sir Alex Ice TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +19

    Gee, like people did not have enough reasons to bash Microsoft and Windows 8. Nobody wants to use that crappy OS.
    ghasmanjr likes this.
  4. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    Yes, because W8 is doing so well, so by rising prices W8 should sell even more, specially people who have the choice not to upgrade their systems. Of course that's sarcasm, why would anyone want to cripple their W7 systems by upgrading to W8, and now at a higher price tag. If anyone considers upgrading from XP or a Vista machine, perhaps a new PC would make more sense.
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,151   +1,411

    It's reverse psychology, see... if it costs more then it must be better. There's no way an OS that costs $200 to upgrade could be hard to learn and a pain to use with a mouse!
    Burty117 likes this.
  6. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    It sounds like Apple's ideology. If Apple took the iPod Touch 4th gen and renamed it the iPod Touch 5th gen and raised the price, people would buy it by the truckload. Wait a sec, that sounds familiar....
    khha4113 likes this.
  7. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    Business strategy*** (not ideology)
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,442   +1,209

    Well Microsoft have been copying Apple as of late, I seriously wouldn't be surprised if they raised the price to sell more xD
    ghasmanjr likes this.
  9. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    It would be funny if Apple tried to sue Microsoft for using their business strategy of raising prices.

    *Sorry for the edits. My research computer doesn't like forums*
  10. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +163

    or theyre hiking up their upgrade prices to encourage people to buy the full OS instead of the upgrade and reformatting their computers like they should when installing a new OS. upgrading is ****ing stupid do a fresh reformat
  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,434   +413

    "Yep, allowing the introductory pricing on our slow selling and often maligned OS to expire will definitely boost its adoption rate! I mean, the best thing you can do when your product's sales are disappointing is to raise the prices to make it even less attractive, right?"

    ~said no smart marketing person, ever
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  12. Switch to Linux. Save Money. Be Free. Be Happy.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,876

    Which you could do with upgrade media. With upgrade media you are bound to an older license of which you are upgrading, but yet you can perform a clean install.
  14. Let's see...

    Apple Mountain Lion OS X $19.99 Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Modern. A single full professional version. Virus-safe and crapware free. Loaded with GREAT software, all most people will ever need. "It just works". Easy upgrade. No driver nonsense.

    Microsoft Windows 8 . :'(

    I can't seem to find a single page missing from Apple's book. Looks like Microsoft authored this one all by their little selves.
  15. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,643   +304

    The strange world of internet comments...

    Microsoft said from the get go the offer will expire on January 31. News item says price will be higher after January 31. This strikes people as strange and unprecedented. Lots of discussion follows to analyse how it's possible that Microsoft made the move that everyone expected, and why Microsoft shouldn't have made the expected move (which would of course have resulted in similar comments had it happened).
    SNGX1275 likes this.
  16. Apple's OS is cheaper to upgrade, because you've already paid the Apple tax when you bought your MAC for an extortionate price.
    Microsoft don't sell PC's to subsidise the cost of the OS, so have to charge accordingly.

    Also what are you all complaining about, Microsoft announced the price would increase in February when they launched Windows 8
    khha4113 likes this.
  17. Oh God, that old "Virus-safe" from a Mac user, obviously head still buried in the sand.
    "It just works".. nope, I use one at work and it crashes far more than the PC I also use.
    khha4113 likes this.
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,876

    For the record, the launch is what I'm complaining about. The price increase simply makes the launch that much more humorous.
  19. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,546   +430

    Indeed man. I was reading these comments and was completely surprised by them, well not the out of nowhere Apple bashing, but the other comments. I'm sure Techspot ran a story or 2 about the pricing and how Microsoft was going to raise it.
  20. mrjgriffin, have you even seen a RETAIL Full Windows Pro 8 OS????
    if you have..please tell me where!? ...otherwise you just don't know what you're talking about.
  21. Been running my 3 macs without a virus app for 10 years. Not even a single virus or spyware issue.
    Been running my 3 windows machines for 12 years with virus\spyware protection. More infections than I could possibly count.

    Not sure how other's value their time but the extra cost of my Macs has been made up for 10x-over relative to the constant care and feeding my Windows machines have required. For me, in terms of value, there is no comparison - not even close. Sorry.

    Of course there are viruses out there for OS X but you have a greater chance of being killed in a car accident than catching one with just a little bit of common sense. With Windows it's more like the common cold. Inoculate all you want but you'll probably still get sick at least once every couple of years.
  22. They can do whatever they want with it. After throughly testing the 9200 build I guarantee a non sale on my part. Very buggy compared to Windows 7 beta's and I just don't see the point of a start screen. This was tested on a tablet btw.
  23. Settle down folks. This pricing was announced before the OS even went on sale in retail.
  24. Of course there are viruses out there for Windows but you have a greater chance of being killed in a car accident than catching one with just a little bit of common sense. The last 5 words are where it falls short for most people.
  25. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,434   +413

    Heh, you are quite right... My comment was more of tongue-in-cheek observation of the latter there. I mean, it's one thing to raise your prices, it's quite another to decide to let your special pricing expire when there might be practical reasons to extend it. Just look at the whole "fiscal cliff" debacle for a prime example of how upset people can get when you take away their discounts. Heh.

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