New Delhi: The window to upgrade to the next version of Microsoft's computer operating system is still open. The new operating system won't be delivered until October 26, however.
People who own a personal computer running earlier versions of Windows can buy the revamped system for Rs 699 onwards ($14.99 to $39.99). The upgrade offer is available in 140 countries. Users can register for the offer at windowsupgradeoffer.com before February 28, 2013.
The lower price is being offered to PC owners who have bought a machine powered by Windows 7 since June 2. Everyone else with a Windows-based computer will have to pay the higher price if they want to upgrade.
The estimated retail price for the promotion will vary by region and is dependent on a variety of specific factors including exchange rate, local taxes, duties, fees, local market conditions and other pricing considerations. The actual price you pay may be more than any advertised price due to these additional factors.
"Windows 8 can be ordered beginning on 26 October 2012. When Windows 8 is ready for ordering, you will receive an email with your promotion code that you must redeem to receive the promotional pricing during the upgrade ordering process. This email will also include ordering and download instructions and a link to the ordering website," said Microsoft.
The chance to upgrade at these prices expires January 31, 2013. Microsoft designed Windows 8 so it can power both traditional PCs and tablet computers in response to the iPad's popularity.