The pricing differs depending on where you buy it, but the cheapest deal is if you’re buying a Windows 7 PC before January 31st 2013. If you do, you only pay $15 for an upgrade to Pro.
If you’re upgrading from Windows 7 after that date, Windows Vista (yuck), or Windows XP, the cost online should be $39.99 and the cost in stores $69.99. A back-up DVD for the online version costs $15. If you’re building your own machine, you’ll have to buy Windows 8 System Builder
Windows Media Center is a free add-on, presumably being de-bundled from the main product to stop the EU giving Microsoft another billion dollar fine for being anti-competitive.
Windows 8 itself is a last-ditch grab by Microsoft at the long-gone mobile market, making it so there's one standard interface across all its devices. Given the excellence of the iOS operating system and the unutterable crapness of iTunes, there's definitely a gap in the market for a unified platform - but we're not sure if Microsoft can persuade people that they're the ones to make or manage it.
Now... let's do the Windows dance.
Source: The Verge
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