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    Microsoft pulls last lever, discounts Windows 8 to...


    Apparently 8 sales haven't been as good as many would like to believe? MS dropping prices again.

    Microsoft pulls last lever, discounts Windows 8 to OEMs to spark sales

    Reports claim Microsoft's slashed Windows prices for smaller touchscreen notebooks and tablets

    By Gregg Keizer
    March 6, 2013 12:28 PM ET

    Computerworld - Microsoft has done something it's historically been loath to do: discount prices for the copies of Windows it sells to computer makers, online reports said today.

    Both the Wall Street Journal and the Asian electronics supply chain publication DigiTimes published reports claiming that Microsoft has cut prices of Windows 8 and Office 2013 in an attempt to spark sales.

    "They've always held [pricing] close to the vest," said Allan Krans, an analyst with Technology Business Research, in a Wednesday interview. "They've always been insistent on maintaining that pricing, but a discount makes sense, given the holiday season, the back-and-forth with the OEMs and the slow start to the Surface."

    Windows 8, which launched in October, has struggled to gain traction, and failed to trigger a boost in PC sales, as new editions have done in the past.

    Earlier this week, for instance, research firm IDC said global PC sales would contract 1.3% this year, a drop atop 2012's even-larger slump of 3.7%. IDC cited an "underwhelming reception" to Windows 8 as one of several factors that will lead to a second-consecutive year of declining PC sales.
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    I was so hoping they were bringing the $39 upgrade back. I need 2 more licenses for 8 but didn't have the cash in Jan.
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    Maybe. Hard to tell.

    You can still get the upgrade with media at the promo prices - there are plenty around - all over Europe. Amazon, cclonline, and several others.

    No idea about the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    I was so hoping they were bringing the $39 upgrade back. I need 2 more licenses for 8 but didn't have the cash in Jan.
    I'd have a hunt around, I've still seen some in Australia. Try EBay or just do a search on the net.
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    Amazon has 8 Pro upgrade listed for $97.49 while other places are running at $99. Now the real deal seen at this time however is for the 8 Pro System Builders one flavor 64bit not both as you would see with the retail upgrade for both 32bit and 64bit media. Amazon.com: Windows 8 System Builder DVD 64-Bit: Software

    Once you go to a place like Amazon or buy.com if not another shopping site you can generally find a list of vendors carrying the same thing to price compare each one as well as each site you go to with a fast search. Since 8 is just out everyone is carrying it.
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