Windows 8 Pro price listed at $188 through Volume Licensing

Despite Microsoft still keeping quiet on the final pricing of Windows 8, through various small announcements and leaks we're beginning to get an idea of what the price will be. Today, if you head to the Microsoft Licensing Advisor as part of their Volume Licensing scheme, you can actually select Windows 8 Pro as one of the products.

After choosing the Microsoft Open License program for Corporate use, and then selecting a single license-only copy of Windows 8 Pro through the drop-down boxes, it spits back a price of $188. Note that this price is through the Volume Licensing program and will not be the same as the consumer System Builder pricing, expected to start below $100 for non-Pro Windows 8.

Also revealed through the Volume License center is the price for Windows Server 2012 Datacenter ($4,810 per license) and Server 2012 Standard ($833 per license).

Apart from the Volume Licensing and System Builder options, Microsoft is running an upgrade program that will net you an upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 until January 31, 2013 provided you're running a previous version of Windows. People who buy a new PC between June 2012 and January 2013 will also be eligible for a cheaper $14.99 upgrade to Windows 8, which some PC manufacturers are refunding.

Via: BinLogs
Source: Microsoft License Advisor | Thanks for the tip Ramesh!

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Searching the SKU online shows up a number of other online shops, and this one: http://www.cdw.com/shop/produc...-8-Pro-license/2803323.aspx

As noted in the screenshot, it's a "Get Genuine" license (confirmed most clearly at CDW!). This is a special Microsoft program for organisations that aren't currently licensed properly: http://www.microsoft.com/oem/e.../pages/get_genuine_kit.aspx

I'd therefore guess that this isn't an accurate prediction of W8 pricing.

Pricing at CDW suggests an upgrade license (without volume discount levels) will be around $170/180 for Windows 8 Pro: http://www.cdw.com/shop/search...s%208&SortBy=TopSellers

smooth3006 said,
they could offer me w8 for free and i still wouldn't run it.

I think we've found the dumbest person on Neowin.

I'm not a fan of 8, BUT if the price were under $80 for a full copy I would have considered it...I think this will be the same reaction MANY non fan-boys might have.

Hahaiah said,
I'm not a fan of 8, BUT if the price were under $80 for a full copy I would have considered it...I think this will be the same reaction MANY non fan-boys might have.

Did you read the article? It's $188 for volume licensing for business. Home users can get the upgrade for $40 until February. That's enough time for whoever wants to upgrade their computer to purchase a license. After that all new computers will be 8.

Just making a point that there are a LOT of users that might consider buying a full legit copy of 8 IF it were priced more reasonably. M$ is doing better by offering inexpensive upgrades, but they're missing an opportunity as well. After launch, I doubt there will be as much interest.

Hahaiah said,
I'm not a fan of 8, BUT if the price were under $80 for a full copy I would have considered it...I think this will be the same reaction MANY non fan-boys might have.

The upgrade price of $40 should be the price for Full Retail version.

Hahaiah said,
Just making a point that there are a LOT of users that might consider buying a full legit copy of 8 IF it were priced more reasonably. M$ is doing better by offering inexpensive upgrades, but they're missing an opportunity as well. After launch, I doubt there will be as much interest.

If 'Full' is a principled purchase, then you can afford $180. (This is VL pricing, and depending on support considerations could be less or more than the full retail price.)

Do you truly understand what a 'Full Retail' version is and what the differences are with regard to licensing?

I also find your assumptions naive, there are few customers that are going to throw away their Windows investment that qualifies them for discounted pricing.

Think about it, what special circumstances can you think of that would REQUIRE the user to buy the Full Retail copy of Windows?

How many people out there are not using Windows or do not have a previous copy that would qualify them for the upgrade?

Even someone building their own system would qualify for the upgrade or OEM price, so paying the full Retail Price would be silly.

This eliminates virtually everyone.

Either your computer came with a copy of Windows qualifying for upgrade pricing, or you are building a new system that your replaced system Windows copy qualifies or you qualify for OEM pricing.

So what are your principles that prevent you from buying Windows at an upgrade cost and how do you survive with these principles if you can't afford a $200 purchase.


You either don't think things through, have limited information, or are trolling.

thenetavenger said,

If 'Full' is a principled purchase, then you can afford $180. (This is VL pricing, and depending on support considerations could be less or more than the full retail price.)

Do you truly understand what a 'Full Retail' version is and what the differences are with regard to licensing?

I also find your assumptions naive, there are few customers that are going to throw away their Windows investment that qualifies them for discounted pricing.

Think about it, what special circumstances can you think of that would REQUIRE the user to buy the Full Retail copy of Windows?

How many people out there are not using Windows or do not have a previous copy that would qualify them for the upgrade?

Even someone building their own system would qualify for the upgrade or OEM price, so paying the full Retail Price would be silly.

This eliminates virtually everyone.

Either your computer came with a copy of Windows qualifying for upgrade pricing, or you are building a new system that your replaced system Windows copy qualifies or you qualify for OEM pricing.

So what are your principles that prevent you from buying Windows at an upgrade cost and how do you survive with these principles if you can't afford a $200 purchase.


You either don't think things through, have limited information, or are trolling.

Agreed, I am shocked how many people over look this.

Interesting. Prior to Windows 8, I remember the requirements to purchase through volume license, you needed to purchase a minimum of 5 or more to qualify. Also, your systems must be running a qualifying business/premium edition of Windows (XP Pro, Vista Business/Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate).

FISKER_Q said,
Running? Is it up now? Been waiting for this for months

If you carried on reading just a LITTLE bit further...

"Microsoft is running an upgrade program that will net you an upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 until January 31, 2013"

NoClipMode said,

If you carried on reading just a LITTLE bit further...

"Microsoft is running an upgrade program that will net you an upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 until January 31, 2013"

Pretty sure that mentions an end date, not a start date.