Invites Out for October 25th Windows 8 & Surface RT Launch Event in NY; Build a Windows 8 PC Just Under $100 Per Copy

Microsoft begin sending out invites across the United States for the Windows 8 and Surface RT, launch event that will take place in New York City, on October 25.Microsoft haven't given out much details about the event, such as the specific venue, time or agenda for the launch -- and the invitation "Save The Date", […]

Microsoft begin sending out invites across the United States for the Windows 8 and Surface RT, launch event that will take place in New York City, on October 25.

Microsoft haven't given out much details about the event, such as the specific venue, time or agenda for the launch -- and the invitation "Save The Date", only invites people to come and celebrate the launch of Windows 8.

In other Windows 8 news, according to reports, "system builders and small OEMs would pay less than $100 for a Windows 8 copy, while Windows 8 Pro will cost $20 to $40 more per copy," ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley writes.

Back in June, Microsoft revealed that all those who purchase a Windows 7 license between June 2012 and January 2013 would only pay $14.99 to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro starting October 26. And, the company later added that users runnning previous Windows iterations, including Windows XP, Vista and 7, will pay just $39.99 for a Windows 8 upgrade.

ZDNet's Ed Bott on Tranfer Rights of "System Builder copies of Windows 8" wrote, "if somone buys a copy of a Windows 8 system-builder license and then sells a PC running that license, there are no transfer rights."

Adding, "But the new Windows 8 system-builder license includes a personal-use license that stipulates a DIYer/hobbyist can buy the System Builder software, install it on one's own PC or virtual machine and keep the right to transfer that license to another PC that the individual owns," he said.

This doesn't mean that "Microsoft won't sell Windows 8 at retail (as rumored), however. Boxed upgrade versions, including a DVD, will be sold at retail for $69.99 during a promotional period ending in January 2013," MJF adds.

Windows 8 and Surface RT October 25 Launch Invite