Microsoft To Allow Upgrades To Windows 8

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We all know that Windows Vista was a bit of a mistake. Okay a very big one, and plenty of us are still struggling with it. Things are looking up though. Microsoft is putting a special price tag on the brand new version of Windows, that will upgrade your operating system for just $40.

The offer is to run until next January and will apply to computers with previous versions of Windows like XP and Vista. So if you want a better operating system to play partypoker and use Photoshop on, but don’t want a new computer, this aims to be a simpler alternative. They are also throwing in Media Centre for free, to try and convince you.

The offer is no doubt an attempt to keep its users from transferring to rival Apple. After all they’ve not had the best success lately. Their Windows Phones aren’t selling as well as they’d like, and Apple and Google dominate the smartphone market. So they want their desktop systems to prove popular.

Windows 8 has seen Microsoft dramatically overhaul the interface for the first time. For example the desktop and Start Menu have both been replaced by a Metro interface, that will use ‘Live Tiles’ for updates and programmes instead, not dissimilar from their Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft Surface tablet interfaces.

The downside is, that while Windows 7 users can keep their settings programs and files, this will be an issue for XP and Vista users. A spokesperson for Microsoft said:

‘We have simplified the Windows upgrade experience with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which supports you during your upgrade with everything from selecting your language to pausing your download to built-in compatibility checks – it’s seamless. And if you’re an enthusiast you will have the flexibility to download and control how you upgrade.

Windows 8 is set to appear sometime this Autumn.

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