Microsoft confirms UK price for Windows 8 Pro upgrade

Microsoft has finally confirmed the price of its eagerly-awaited Windows 8 Pro operating system on our shores, and fears that UK consumers were to be charged more than the going rate appear to be unfounded.

A number of sources, including The Verge, say Microsoft has set the price at £24.99 for the OS’ release to market on October 26th.

As we learned back in May, those who purchased a Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for a tenner less, at £14.99. Registration for this offer begun last week for PC users in 140 countries, via windowsupgradeoffer.com.

After selecting your country, Microsoft will ask you to register your personal details and information about your new PC, including date of purchase, retailer, and PC brand and model. You'll also need your 25-digit Windows 7 product key.

The Windows 8 platform has generated a significant buzz since its unveiling earlier this year, and ITProPortal’s James Laird was suitably impressed when he got his hands on the OS at Microsoft’s TechEd event in Amsterdam in June. Its qualities should run deeper than just an attractive metro-style interface too, with some commenting that it may prove to be the most secure OS on the market.

Hardware manufacturers have been keen to capitalise on the Windows 8 excitement and a host of devices running Microsoft’s platform were revealed at IFA 2012 last night. The Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT from Asus and Sony’s Vaio Duo 11 tablet will all be running Windows 8, while Samsung cemented its reputation as an OS floater by launching the ATIV smartPC and smartPC Pro on Microsoft’s forthcoming platform.