By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
May 11, 2012, 10:32am PDT
Summary: Anyone who considers buying a PC on the basis on an upgrade coupon to the next release of Windows needs to see the offer for what it is, which is a lure to get you to spend money on technology that will be superseded in a few months.
Microsoft and its partners are preparing to launch a Windows 8 upgrade offer for those buying Windows 7 PC in an attempt to boost sales in the months leading up to the release of the new operating system, according to Mary Jo Foley over on CNET
Microsoft has traditionally used similar upgrade offers in the run up to the launch of a new operating system.
The offer speculated about is for the feature-rich Pro edition of Windows 8 and not the consumer-oriented Windows 8 edition. Given this, the upgrade offer is unlikely to be free and will carry some sort of fee.
It is likely that Microsoft or its partners will offer a free upgrade coupon to Windows 8 on selected systems.
But are these upgrade offers a good deal?