Microsoft Stores reportedly to offer Windows 8 workshops

While Microsoft has yet to confirm any Windows 7-to-Windows 8 upgrade programs, previous Internet rumors claim that the program will begin on June 2nd (that's this Saturday). These reports claim that people who purchase new Windows 7 PCs after that date will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for a fee of $14.99.

Now The Verge claims that it has not only confirmed those plans, it also says that Microsoft Store retail locations in the US will also offer people who purchase the upgrade free workshops to learn more about Windows 8. In addition, those same stores will offer customers a $20 Microsoft Store gift card if they participate in the program, which basically covers the cost of the Windows 8 upgrade with $4.99 to spare.

The same article also claims that the Windows 8 Pro upgrade program will last until January 31, 2013. So far, Microsoft has yet to announce a specific launch date for Windows 8 but it is expected to happen in the fourth quarter of 2012. The free Release Preview version of Windows 8 is scheduled to be launched by Microsoft the first week of June, with some rumors claiming it could happen as soon as this Friday, June 1st.

Source: The Verge

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AmazingRando said,
They are also going to require one helluva "how-to" video on first boot, etc to help brand new users get around.

If they're a brand new PC user, I can see them taking to the Startscreen and search screen much easier than some of the Start Menu die-hards.

AmazingRando said,
They are also going to require one helluva "how-to" video on first boot, etc to help brand new users get around.

They already said that they will implement a tutorial system similar to Win95's old tutorial system

AmazingRando said,
They are also going to require one helluva "how-to" video on first boot, etc to help brand new users get around.

The installation takes about 10 minutes, a nice slideshow similar to Ubuntu detailing some basics how to get started would really be nice.

Mr. Dee said,

The installation takes about 10 minutes, a nice slideshow similar to Ubuntu detailing some basics how to get started would really be nice.

My aunty wont be watching no windows 8 install progress. The people who need to see it probably wont get to see it if its during an install.

derekaw said,

My aunty wont be watching no windows 8 install progress. The people who need to see it probably wont get to see it if its during an install.

How do you figure? If you're saying this because OEM PCs come with the OS pre-installed this doesn't mean the OOBE is disabled on them.

I think public education is the right approach to really familiarize the public about the OS and get up and running with the new user experience. This should remove a lot of the qualms and also help persons help others help fellow users get up and running with it by launch time.

Mr. Dee said,
I think public education is the right approach to really familiarize the public about the OS and get up and running with the new user experience. This should remove a lot of the qualms and also help persons help others help fellow users get up and running with it by launch time.

now with the stores around, MS will finally be able to educate people more on their software. Hope some windows ignorance will die off with these workshops.

Mr. Dee said,
I think public education is the right approach to really familiarize the public about the OS and get up and running with the new user experience. This should remove a lot of the qualms and also help persons help others help fellow users get up and running with it by launch time.

But what about the die hard Start Menu lovers that are going to do everything in their power to grasp hold of Windows past?