The new Windows operating system developed by Microsoft can be pre-ordered in the United States starting with Friday, the Windows 8 Pro version being available at a price of $69,99 to consumers who own a Windows 7, Vista or XP license and want to upgrade to the new version.
Pre-orders are only available, at the moment, for United States customers. Microsoft says that international retail partners will release similar offers for Windows 8 Upgrade and new Windows 8 devices in the next couple of days.
The Windows 8 retail package was significantly changed compared to previous versions as Microsoft opted to use a thinner, lighter and more colorful box. The company posted on the official Facebook page photos of the new retail boxes.
If you live in the United States you can pre-order the new Windows 8 operating system from the Microsoft Store, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, Best Buy, Stalpes, Office Depot and other retailers.
Those of you who own Windows 7, Vista or XP licenses can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69,99. For this price, customers can also opt to get the version without media support, meaning that they will only get the key to activate Windows.
Windows 8 OEM versions, which come pre-installed on new computers, can be purchased for $99,99 ( Windows 8 ) and $139,99 ( Windows 8 Professional ).
Independent retail upgrade packages are not yet available for pre-orders and the prices are unknown at the moment. Also starting with Friday, users can pre-order computers with Windows 9 pre-installed from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung and Sony.
Windows 8 will be officially presented by Microsoft on October 26, 2012.
Those of you who wait until the official release date can upgrade to Windows 8 Professional directly on the Microsoft.com website at a price of only $39,99, according to Microsoft.
The upgrade offers are limited to five licenses per customer and the prices are estimations.
With the Windows 8 release, Microsoft will also bring the new Microsoft Surface tablet, which was presented earlier this year by Microsoft and it will run on the new operating system.
After Windows 8, Microsoft will also release the new Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system and we expect to see devices running on the new OS from Nokia, HTC and Samsung.