In the run up to the highly anticipated launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 later today, the company has announced that it will be offering a free Media Centre Pack for Windows 8 Pro users for a limited time.
Microsoft revealed that the free Media Center Pack would be available from today until January 31st 2012, to consumers who purchase or upgrade to Windows 8 Professional.
If you are considering upgrading to Windows 8 today, you might be pleased to know that the upgrade for Windows 8 Pro (Pack) is available to purchase for $39.99 ($69.99 for disc version) until January 31st 2012 as well. Microsoft Steven Sinofsky explains:
“This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it. Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray.”
To grab your free copy of Microsoft’s Media Center Pack jump over to the Windows 8 website for more details and to upgrade your older copy of Windows.
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We’re almost there. Just a few more days until the big reveal. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a few final Windows 8 secrets to be disclosed. Two of those are the price and the packaging, which online retailer Newegg has just let slip. There are four packages listed: Windows 8 Professional Upgrade ($69), Windows 8 Pro Pack ($69, product key card only), Windows 8 OEM ($99) and Windows 8 Professional ($139), with the latter two being available in both 32- and 64-bit versions (for the same price). If you go into the product page, however, we can see that the original price for the upgrade and product key card only versions is listed as “$199” suggesting that this might either be a launch offer, or subject to change. Don’t forget though, there’s still the chance to upgrade for an even lower price, for those who qualify. You can officially reserve your copy of Pro from today for $69.99 at all the main retailers, but if you can hold back on that impulse purchase for just a little longer, you’ll be able to upgrade to Pro online for $39 (until January 31st). Follow the source for details.
Today Microsoft as announced three editions of its new Windows 8 operating system: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. The plain Windows 8 version is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows, and PC users will have two editions to choose from Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.
Microsoft explains that for many PC users Windows 8 will be perfect, but for more advanced features Windows 8 Pro has been created. To bring a broader range of Windows 8 technologies, to tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals.
Windows RT is the newest member of the Windows family, and has been created for devices powered by ARM Processors. Microsoft explains:
“Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. For new apps, the focus for Windows RT is development on the new Windows runtime, or WinRT, which we unveiled in September and forms the foundation of a new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds.”
For more details on the new Windows 8 operating system editions, jump over to the Microsoft Blog post for a comparison.