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Microsoft To Sell Windows 8.1 For Same Price As Previous Upgrades

Submitted by on September 18, 2013 – 9:05 amOne Comment

Microsoft announced the pricing of their upcoming Windows 8.1 revamp, and at the very least, it doesn’t surprise consumers. But further details about the upgrade are sure to upset some.

Windows 8.1 will be available for download or at retail stores for $119.99, or $199.99 for the Pro version. These are the same prices for which Windows 8 was sold last year. The download will be free for those already using Windows 8, and those buying a brand new machine with built-in Windows 8.1 will have the option to upgrade to pro for $99.99.

But Windows 8.1 technically isn’t an upgrade- it’s a “full version.” This was in response to customer complaints about installing the system on PCs built from scratch or in virtual environments (i.e. systems that didn’t already have Windows installed). But on the other hand, it means that some users installing the new OS will have to manually reinstall desktop applications like Office. However, files will be transferred automatically.

The update is even more difficult for users with XP or Vista. Microsoft says that Windows 8.1 was simply not designed to be loaded onto these systems; and if users really want to update, they should do a “clean install,” which requires backing up all programs and files, and reinstalling them after the new OS is in place.

Windows 8 debuted last year to mediocre reviews. It’s new design, featuring Tiles, was optimized for touchscreens and intended mainly for tablets and smartphones. Despite this, Microsoft still lags far behind Apple and Google in popularity for mobile operating systems.

Windows 8.1 supposedly returns some features favored by desktop users.

What do you think? Will you buy Windows 8.1?

[via PCWorld]

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