About Windows 8 Price
In the last couple of months, Microsoft expected to see a significant increase in the Windows 8 sales because of the end of Windows XP support. But instead, most corporate users starting looking at the costs involved, enquiring how much to upgrade to Windows 8, and for updating the hardware to move on. Interestingly, most of them concluded that Windows 8 is not worth the trouble.
Windows 7 set to lose its mainstream support in 2015
Many of these corporate users started upgrading to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8. Though Microsoft really wants their corporate clients to switch from Windows XP, they expected them to purchase Windows 8, rather than going for Windows 7. It was particularly for this reason that Microsoft introduced an update to Windows 8 even before Windows XP support officially expired.
However, almost all of the Windows users out there, especially the corporate users, now consider Windows 8 as a failed OS. As far as they are concerned, they have only one option for making the upgrade from Windows XP – Windows 7. This is why, the deadline for the Windows 7 mainstream support is so important.
After the end of mainstream support, Windows 7 will have just five more years of extended support. Microsoft hopes that they might be able to convince XP and Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 by pointing out this fact. Though Windows 7 enjoys more than 50% of the entire desktop OS market share at the moment, Microsoft has no plans to extend the end of support deadline set for the popular platform.
Upgrade To Window 8
However, if Microsoft wants more users to upgrade to Windows 8, they must be willing to slash down its price. So, how much to upgrade to Windows 8 should cost then?
Even though Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 has very few takers in the market, Microsoft has kept its prices unchanged at $119.99 for the standard versions and $199.99 for Pro editions. It was recently reported that Microsoft is planning to release a free Windows 8.1 update for the smartphones and tablets, as they have to compete with Android in these two categories.
Providing Windows 8 as freeware for one platform, while keeping the price above the 100-dollar mark for another, will only erode the user base further. So, clearly Microsoft has to come up with something else, like Windows 9, to make things right.
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