Prices and packaging for Windows 8 go public

Prices and packaging for Windows 8 go public

Summary: Online retailer Newegg began taking preorders for Windows 8 today. Their product lineup includes pricing and packaging details that jumped the gun on Microsoft's official announcement.


Update: And now it's official. A Microsoft blog post reveals the pricing and packaging of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade and says preorders will be available from ", Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store and many more." The post also notes that OEM PCs with Windows 8 will be available for preorder: "Also starting today, you will be able to pre-order new Windows 8 PCs and devices from OEM partners such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Samsung and Sony."

More details: What are the cheapest and easiest upgrade paths to Windows 8?

Online retailer today began taking preorders for Windows 8. In the process, they unveiled prices and packaging details that Microsoft has not yet publicly announced.

The Newegg page lists four separate products:

  • Windows 8 Professional Upgrade - $69.99 (save $130)
  • Windows 8 Pro Pack – Product Key Card (no media) - $69.99 (save $30)
  • Windows 8 (Full Version) – OEM $99.99
  • Windows 8 Pro (Full Version) – OEM $139.99

The two OEM products are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

In addition, Newegg is offering a $10 preorder discount on Windows 8 preorders (the offer appears in an email to customers).

See also:  How the new Windows 8 license terms affect you

The product listings also included box shots for the two retail products. Here's the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade:

Windows 8 Pro Upgrade

According to Microsoft, the retail boxes will feature five different front covers. The five options are shown on the company's Facebook page:

Windows 8 Box shots - MSFT

And this is the Windows 8 Pro Pack, which upgrades the base edition of Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro and adds Media Center capabilities:

Windows 8 Pro Pack

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Microsoft has already announced that it will offer downloadable versions of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for a discounted price of $40. That offer ends on January 31, 2013. In addition, anyone purchasing new Windows 7 PCs between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 will be entitled to a $14.99 Windows 8 upgrade.

Those OEM prices are essentially unchanged from their Windows 7 counterparts. Newegg currently lists the OEM versions of Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional for $99.99 and $139.99, respectively. One big difference is that the Ultimate SKU has been dropped. The feature set for Windows 8 Pro is effectively the same as for Windows 7 Ultimate, which lists at Newegg for $189.99 in OEM editions.

Newegg’s listing for the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade includes a “save $130” note, suggesting that the current price is temporary and that it will rise at some point to $199.95.

As previously announced, the lineup does not include a full package product (FPP) SKU for retail purchase. Instead, consumers will be allowed to buy the OEM product, install it on a new PC or in a virtual machine, and take advantage of the Personal Use Rights section of the OEM license. That represents a significant savings for consumers, who can pay $140 for a full license for Windows 8 Pro rather than $275 for the full retail package.

A search of other mainstream online retailers in the United States turned up no other sites taking preorders for retail or OEM copies of Windows 8 ahead of Microsoft's official announcement this morning. A reader in Germany pointed out this site, which is taking pre-orders for the two OEM versions at prices of €94.90 (Windows 8) and €134.90 (Windows 8 Pro).

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Windows

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  • Why?

    Why would you buy this when its already been advertised you can buy the Win 8 pro upgrade for $40 from the MS Store?
    PC builder
    • why would you buy it at all?

      you wont need w8 on the desktop, and as for the touchscreen laptop or tablet, you will get it installed anyway
      • Funny you should say that.

        Because on the desktop is where Windows 8 shines the most. My multi-monitor workstation disagrees with your statement.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
        • On the Desktop

          is shines???????? Seriously? Please come back and tell us that when all of your apps are metrofied and you can run two full screen apps on your dual monitors.
          • It shines and is awesome!

            The metro applications are more touch centric, so two application side by side makes sense. If you need more, then traditional desktop is still a click away.

            People, it is quite simple - Touch/Metro is for consumption, with little bit of creation while Desktop is primary creation then followed by consumption.

            Its easy to understand limitation and advantages of both interfaces, and Windows 8 is able to bring it together very well. No other OS can claim that at this point, period!
          • It Shines

            Not all apps will be metrofied. application developers can build all their logic and provide views for a variety of windows configurations be it normal desktop app, tablet metro app or phone app. its not the end of the world people its just a new world. if you hate change you will really dislike irrelevance.
        • Shines?

          You can't be serious!
          Max Peck
          • I am serious.

            Have you used Windows 7 and 8 on a multi-monitor workstation? Have you seen how archaic Windows 7 is there? Have you seen how much faster Windows 8 is? Do you know what a joy it is to be able to finally see my Start Menu without having to stare at 32x32 icons on my ginormous screens?

            Windows 8 destroys Windows 7 on desktop systems.
            The one and only, Cylon Centurion
          • you forgot

            that win8 can replicate the taskbar on each screen so you don't have to move your mouse across multiple screens to access it.
            It's like developers actually used it on multiple (not just dual) screens and optimised it instead of supporting multi-screens as an afterthought like OSX.
          • The crappy interface formally known as Metro... (TCIFKAM)

            is not efficient. You say it works for you? Great! Kudos! Me, I think it sucks. I also think only the most technically savvy users will like it at all. The average ones will not, especially if they are used to the Win'98 or Win'XP style interface.

            First of all, live tiles are great for a tablet so one can constantly check their facebook status, or something like that, but not one single app. in my company is going to benefit from a live tile. (Maybe the hand full of users that insist on having constant weather reports in the system tray...)

            I set it up on a test machine and installed all of my must have apps. These were my results:

            Office created 16 tiles when I did a full install, and I deleted 14 of them (one at a stinkin' time!) because the only ones I keep a quick link to are Word and Excel. The rest I simply open documents that someone else created, or never use at all. They were always easy to access in the start menu if I wanted them. But, there is no more start menu...

            Lotus Notes created several tiles, but none of them were the Lotus Notes main executable. I had to manually create the tile.

            After the first 2 application installs, I had 19 tiles, had to create one manually, and delete 17. How many other programs create multiple start menu items and desktop icons? I do know that most computer users I know will end up with several walls of tiles, and will have to scroll back and forth to find the program they want. (Unless it is someone I am setting up the PC for.) This will be an even bigger mess than the most overloaded start menus I have seen. Add to this the fact that most PC users I know are visually oriented and never use keyboard shortcuts ever, and I do not see Win8 as being any good at all for them.

            As the primary help desk and new PC roll out person at my company, I am very relieved my boss does not have any interest in rolling out 8. Sure, I can set it up for my users and friends so it is cleaner and more friendly, but I shouldn't have to. I think Win8 is another Vista. By Win9 M$ will have figured it out and made it usable for the masses. (Hopefully...)
        • @Cylon

          I don't usually agree with one or another here but I have read what follows this post. I agree with you having used Win 8 myself. Ed writes great articles and a warped community of feedback trolls who claim IT expertise and only fool the other wannabes. My comment is how their comeuppance will come when the 40 buck upgrade offers expire in late January. By May all the acquaintances they fooled will realize that 8 and IE 10 are indeed faster, more secure, and has a regular desktop that requires no learning curve for grandmas who use Win 7 now. All they need to learn is how to open the lock screen unless we set them up to boot right into Windows desktop. For the rest of us, users, developers, and techs alike, we can learn and master the new tiles and apps systems and begin to integrate a complete Windows phone, tablet, laptop, desktop environment for themselves as I have been waiting to do.

          Those of you who claim you can't afford the 40 bucks now will be screaming foul later when you realize you goofed scoffing at what you were totally, and loudly, ignorant about, and pay $100 bucks or so more for your copy. Those of you who only get new software or hardware when your 386 computers give out well new tech never was for you.

          It is about time. I have no real money obstacles and two desktops, a laptop and netbook, as well as one desktop small form factor Win 7 pc attached to the 58" plasma set. All but the XP netbook are Win 7 and getting the upgrade for $40.00. That is 4X40 = $160.00 intro price versus 4X$140 = 560 bucks retail at 139 and it will be higher later. Look at the newegg prices today.

          So lets let the wannabes believe their fairy tale that they invent and realize they were wrong later. Then they can go Linux and come back as wannabe penguin heads and aggravate the real Linux Techs. There are still folks around who remember folks who figured out edlin in DOS and write littl. bat files who pretended they could write code.

          The zd net feedback area is the hangout of their children.

          I am doing Win 7 clones on spare drives, two I need to buy, two I have besides my backup drives for my drive docks. That way if some setups have issues I can swap drives and take my time getting all the apps and settings to play nice.
          • Please tell us!

            "All they need to learn is how to open the lock screen unless we set them up to boot right into Windows desktop". By all means, PLEASE tell us how to bypass the play-skool start screen, and go straight to the desktop! And while you're at it, how do I get my start menu back WITHOUT installing third party software?
          • Why does it need to come back?

            The Start Screen is more functional, and customizable.

            What is really in the old Start Menu that needs saving? Aside from app pinning (Which you can do in Start), the old Start Menu was a hoarder's house of miscellaneous and unorganized icons, shortcuts, and utilities. Worse, represented by tiny 16x16 icons. 32x32 if you pinned the app. Why does this outdated code need saved?
            The one and only, Cylon Centurion
          • It should never leave!

            "the old Start Menu was a hoarder's house of miscellaneous and unorganized icons, shortcuts, and utilities." How long do you really think it will be with "below average users" that this tiled POS will be the same way? I'd venture to say 6 to 9 months. Personally, I still prefer the cascading start menu from Win98. I can easily drag and drop the menu items into the groups I see fit. Not so much with the WinXP/Vista default menus and the NO option Win7. Win8's menu looks like Microsoft contracted it out to Play-Skool. The least they could have done is make it an option for non-touch screen devices.
          • START MENU without 3rd party wares in WIN8

            I do it slightly different to others but the concept is the same.
            the start menu folder has to be there for backwards compatibility.
            the start menu folder I use is in users/all users/start menu.
            You won't find it with explorer until you change the options to show hidden/system files (view/options/folder options/view).
            Then you change the permissions so that EVERYONE has full access to this start menu folder.
            right click on taskbar---> toolbars--->new toolbar and select this start menu folder.
            it will appear in you taskbar which you can then move to the left side and resize it to minimum.
            now when you click on the expand button on this taskbar, you have your cascading START MENU!
          • Love Hate relationship

            I installed it this weekend. I'm concerned about non technical end users not having a start button. But that's about it. Guy in our office decided to install it on a Pentium4 and it screams!
          • RE: Love Hate relationship

            I will admit that I've seen performance improvements with the underlying OS as compared to WinXP on my HP notebook(Athlon 64x2). My biggest gripe with Win8 REALLY is the start screen. I'll have two or three windows open, and I have to find a different program, but related to some of what I'm doing. With the start menu, I can see what I'm working on (as a reminder for ALL those times I'm interrupted). Can't say that about the start screen. It hides everything.
          • Pentium 4 LOVES win 8

            I have a prescott 3.4ghz with a HD6670 and 2 Gb of ram acting as my HTPC and it loves win 8, faster then linux (unless I use a realy light desktop lxde or enlightenment, which I hate both, I like gnome shell with cairo dock, bit like osx but with sensible window controls). Also my AMD bulldozer is a whole new machine on Win 8 compared to Win 7, so I'll be buying a copy for both, only the missus lappy will remain on 7, she won't let me change it because it works fine, even though the crappy sempron would probably run like a new machine with win 8
          • Nice

            This is what I tell my IT clients yet don't have the patience to type it all out. The kids standing to the side throwing rocks at the train, will never get on the train and get ahead. Win8 for 40 bucks - are they insane for sticking with XP? Normally I recommend that if something works for you, stick with it. This time I will recommend upgrades and forward thinking.
      • Luckily

        Luckily you're just a you have no opinion that once can actually rely on.