Upgrade Windows 8 Release Preview to RTM for $40; Microsoft IT 'Plans, Deploys, and Manages Windows 8'

Microsoft after unveiling the Windows Upgrade path on July 3, in a follow up answer revealed that those running Windows 8 Release Preview released on May 31st, can also upgrade to the final version for the $39.99 price."Microsoft said that users running Windows 8 Release Preview -- the newer of the two sneak peeks, shipped […]

Upgraded Windows 8 Release Preview for Just USD $39.99

Microsoft after unveiling the Windows Upgrade path on July 3, in a follow up answer revealed that those running Windows 8 Release Preview released on May 31st, can also upgrade to the final version for the $39.99 price.

"Microsoft said that users running Windows 8 Release Preview -- the newer of the two sneak peeks, shipped on May 31 -- can upgrade using the Windows.com upgrade tool and pay the $40," the report states.

However, during the upgrade, users migrating to the final version of the operating system will only have their personal data files retained and no applications, Windows settings, or user accounts will be migrated. This promotion is available in 131 countries.

It's a good news, for all those millions already using the ripping the fruits of the latest advancements in Windows 8 Release Preview.

Although Microsoft did not spell out what options are available to those who stuck with 2011's Developer Preview or the February 2012 Consumer Preview, our assumption is that such an upgrade won't be supported.

Also, according to Win8China, the latest internal builds of Windows 8 no longer feature the desktop gadgets, and that Microsoft might not include them in the RTM built as well.

These gadgets were still present in the Consumer Preview and Release Preview flavors of the Windows 8 platform. "With Metro-style application being capable of providing users with the info they need on the Start Screen in Windows 8, it does not come as a surprise that the company felt these gadgets were no longer needed."

Microsoft is expected to make the RTM of Windows 8 before the end of this month.

Finally, the Redmond company published "MSIT Plans, Deploys, and Manages Windows 8," for its users to learn how Microsoft IT Designed an Internal Community Support Forum to Foster Early adoption with Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10.

"Microsoft IT has evolved its support model with http://pointers, a moderated community forum where employees can get real-time expert answers to questions about Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 from Microsoft IT and product group experts. The forum improves user productivity and product quality by bringing together Microsoft IT customers, enthusiasts, and product group members through a social community," read the description.

Download MSIT Plans, Deploys, and Manages Windows 8 here.