Microsoft on Friday announced Windows 8 upgrade price increases of as much as 400% that will take effect Feb. 1, when a three-month promotional discount ends.
Beginning in February, an upgrade from XP, Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro will cost $199.99, a five-fold increase. The Windows 8 Pro Pack, which upgrades a copy of Windows 8 — the edition installed on most consumer PCs — to the more capable Windows 8 Pro, will run $99.99, a 43% jump from the promotional price of $69.99.
Microsoft will also add a new SKU to the mix that upgrades XP, Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8, not the Pro edition. The price: $119.99.
The Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro upgrade prices are identical to the suggested list prices for Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional upgrades, but the Pro Pack’s $99.99 is 11% higher than what Microsoft charged for the “Anytime Upgrade” from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional.