Microsoft announced the availability of it’s new Windows Upgrade Offer for the yet to be released Windows 8. The offer applied to consumers who buy a new Windows 7 PC that is preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate and include a matching and valid OEM Certificate of Authenticity and provides the consumer with the option to Upgrade to the newer Windows 8 for the retail price of $14.99. Windows 8 is slated to be released later this year, possibly in October.
This program begins tomorrow in 131 markets including the U.S. and Canada. The official eligibility period will be from today to January 31, 2013, and has to be redeemed before the program expiration at the end of February 2013.
Consumers who register for the Windows Upgrade Offer will be able to download Windows 8 starting the day it is made available generally. The upgrade can be installed on any eligible and compatible Windows PC and comes with 90 days of support from Microsoft.
“The Windows Upgrade Offer gives people the flexibility to purchase the new Windows 7 PC they need today, with the knowledge they can easily get Windows 8 when it’s available,” said Tami Reller, chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of Windows at Microsoft.