Microsoft to offer students Windows 8 upgrades for $69.99

Even though Microsoft’s bargain Windows 8 price is about to come to an end, if you are a student, Microsoft will be launching an upgrade promotion that will allow you to upgrade to Windows 8 for $69.99.

While this price is more expensive than the promo price being offered right now of $39.99, it is far less than the full retail price of $119 that kicks in February 1st. So, if for some reason you miss out on the price that expires tomorrow at midnight and you are a student, you will still have access to a low-cost option to obtain Windows 8.

Microsoft has also stated that its Windows Campus tour will kick-off on February 18th and will travel across the US and visit over 150 universities along the way. On the tour, Microsoft will offer college students access to test out the latest tablets and PCs as well as chat with technical experts about Windows 8 and much more.

You can find the entire list of stops on the campus tour here.

Source: Microsoft

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I am pretty sure this will be a version with a license restricting it to non-commercial use (hard to enforce however). But if you are planning to use it for business that does mean you should pay for the normal version.

With all these low prices, it looks as though Microsoft wants to pad their stats. Next month we'll hear, " Windows 8, the king of the operating system world".

JHBrown said,
With all these low prices, it looks as though Microsoft wants to pad their stats. Next month we'll hear, " Windows 8, the king of the operating system world".

They want people to adopt the new platform, do a lock-in, sells everything through their online store, and make rivers of money for eternity.

JHBrown said,
With all these low prices, it looks as though Microsoft wants to pad their stats. Next month we'll hear, " Windows 8, the king of the operating system world".

Microsoft has always offered pretty substantial discounts for students. Its nothing new.

And when windows 7 released you could get the ultimate for free through house party. Or if you had vista it was $15 too. And then you had family pack which was 3 licenses for 150.

Nothings changed

I don't see this as being very popular, seeing as current students that wanted it would have gotten it for 15, and new students are likely going to get a new laptop that comes with it.

And to those where 15 was still too expensive, now I'm no mathologist here, but I suspect 60 is more than 15, so that would be too expensive also.

They can't really expect it to sell better by increasing the price, that's just crazy Apple logic and look at their base, tiny in comparison.
Not saying some people wont use it, it just wont be a flood of sales.

Yipes, MS needs to be more specific when they refer to Windows 8 in this article -- "core" or Pro? (I mean that as in there are multiple references to Windows 8, are they are referring to Pro?)

ir0nw0lf said,
Yipes, MS needs to be more specific when they refer to Windows 8 in this article -- "core" or Pro? (I mean that as in there are multiple references to Windows 8, are they are referring to Pro?)

You can only buy Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Pro Pack (which is Windows 8 Pro + Media Center).

The recent article mentioning the price increase on Feb 1st mentioned pricing for non-pro and Pro, that's why I was a bit confused on this article. The $119 price in this article, thought that was referring to non-Pro and Pro was going up to $199?

aviator189 said,
Im at texas a&m and we can get the windows 8 pro with the disc for just $15 bucks.

Same with most other big colleges. Also if you're in engineering/computer science you also usually have access to Dreamspark Premium where you can get another 4 licenses for free.