The end of October promises to be torrid as Microsoft’s latest operating system takes centre stage together with Office 2013, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8.
Here are a few things that we believe you should know if you want to go down the Windows 8 route. We published another list of 4 things you need to know about the Windows 8 Upgrade offer.
You can only buy five upgrades per customer. This means that only the smallest of businesses will be able to buy computers during the transition period with Windows 7 and then get them upgraded to Windows 8 Pro for £15 until the launch of the OS and £25 immediately afterwards. But, in theory, you should be able to avoid that limit by buying the upgrades from Amazon where the OS has already gone on preorder for £50.
Windows RT, which runs on ARM only and does come with a full version of Office 2013 (Word, Excel, Note and PowerPoint), will not be available for sale to the general public. It will be available only to ODM/OEM partners but we do expect unlicensed copies to leak to DIYers and tweakers who could potentially put it on anything running ARM; from the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, Amazon Kindle Fire or even a Windows Phone device.
In theory, you will be able to buy a Windows 8 upgrade to install on a refurbished computer. We’re not sure how Microsoft would check that, given that it doesn’t ask for a physical proof of purchase when processing a claim. Ditto when checking whether a product has been purchased on or before 2 June, which happens to be the start of the promotion.
The full version of Windows 8 Pro will cost a whopping $199 (around £149) after the introductory offer expires in January 2013. Which makes the current £14.99 offer look like a no-brainer, especially for consumers and very small companies.