Microsoft is offering users a compelling deal to switch to its upcoming Windows 8 system: Those who already use Windows XP, Vista or 7 can get their hands on the professional version of the software for just $40. Well, $39.99.
The deal, according to Microsoft, will be good in 131 markets.
While the price isn’t quite as good as Apple’s upcoming $19.99 upgrade to Mountain Lion, though still better than the current Windows 7 upgrade price of $199.99.
As you might expect from such a low price, the $40 upgrade will only be available online as a download from windows.com. If you prefer a disc, you can also pay $15 for a backup disc or just buy a $60 upgrade version in Microsoft stores.
This provides a clear incentive for Microsoft users to make the leap to Windows 8, particularly for those who never left the comfort of Windows XP. According to the analysis site NetMarketShare, about 40 percent of computers are still running Windows XP, just 1 percent ahead of the 39 percent market share from Windows 7.