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Microsoft pushes Windows 8 with price cut

Microsoft pushes Windows 8 with price cut
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discusses Windows 8 and the new Surface tablet in Los Angeles on June 18, 2012. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

REDMOND, Wash., July 2 (UPI) -- Microsoft says users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99.

Users can also add Windows Media Center for free once they upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.

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The promotion was shared Monday on the Microsoft Windows Team blog.

"We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8," the blog said. "Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets."

The cost is substantially less than the $69.99 price for a a packaged DVD version of the upgrade at a local store. Microsoft said the upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31, 2013.

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