Have you been thinking about moving your existing Windows PC to the new Windows 8? Microsoft is giving you an incentive to do it by the end of the month.

The company, which has been offering upgrades to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 since launch, says the upgrade price will rise to $199.99 for Windows 8 Pro and $119.99 for Windows 8 starting in February.

The decision to end the promotional pricing isn’t a surprise, and it could cause an increase in Windows 8 upgrade sales over the next week. However, the big question is what happens after that. We know from a variety of data sources that Windows 8 isn’t exactly setting the world on fire, and Microsoft is running the risk that the higher pricing could decrease demand.

Microsoft reports quarterly earnings on Thursday afternoon, and Windows 8 adoption will no doubt be a hot topic on the company’s earnings call.

If you miss the Windows 8 upgrade deadline, here’s a Microsoft chart breaking down the differences between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro to help your decision on which version to buy.

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  • Guest

    Thanks for the reminder! Also of note is that Windows Media Center will rise from $0 to $9.99 next week. I updated my media PC from Windows 7 to 8, and added Media Center, for only $40. For me the big bonus of Windows 8 Pro is Remote Desktop support: finally, I can remote in to configure my PC without the poor performance of VNC.

  • http://www.christopherbudd.com Christopher Budd

    Realistically I think this is going to bring upgrades nearly to an end. I just saw an add on TV last night for a new HP laptop selling for $349. That’s $150 more than the new upgrade price. Why upgrade then? If you want the new Windows it now makes more sense to just buy a new system.

    I’m not saying that’s smart or stupid: just observing what I think is going to happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lodmot Tommy O’Neil

    I am not at all tempted to update to Windows 8.. Especially since I already have to put up with it now on my Acer Aspire V5….. :P

    I’m personally waiting for Ubuntu 13.04 to come out. By that point Ubuntu should have better touchscreen support, and the Unity interface will be awesome with my Aspire V5 touchscreen. At that point, I’ll have my new Hyper X SSD in this thing, I’ll completely erase all traces of Windows 8, and I’ll just be running Ubuntu 13.04.

    I’ll have that laptop on Ubuntu 13.04, then my old Toshiba laptop will be running Windows 7, which I’ll only use for school, if I absolutely need Windows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottmoore.seattle Scott Moore

    I’m still waiting for MS to come out with OS X.9. Seriously though, not a snowball’s chance in hell. I’m sure they’ll find their price elasticity curve, but it’s far from $199. Maybe $20.00, and only if I had two days to kill when the upgrade doesn’t work right.

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