Those who shell out for a Windows 7 PC in the coming months will receive a discounted upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99, according to sources speaking to Paul Thurrott.
The deal could start as early as the first week in June at around the same time as the company gears up for its final preview of the next version of Windows.
The paid upgrade will apply to any new PC buyer with Windows 7 Home Basic or higher installed.
CNET's Mary Jo Foley first reported Microsoft's ongoing commitment to providing PC buyers with promotions during the run-off period to its older operating systems to help lock-in new and existing customers.
But Microsoft has thrown a spanner in the works by offering only two versions of Windows 8.
The two consumer versions are aptly named Windows 8, and Windows 8 Pro. There are two more editions: Windows 8 for enterprise, though its final name has not yet been announced, and Windows RT, a tablet version designed for ARM-powered tablets.
But who knows: with the back-to-school season starting soon, students and academics may still be given a free pass.
Microsoft was unavailable for comment or confirmation at the time of writing.
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