If you have yet to upgrade your PC to Windows 8, today might be the last chance to do so cheaply for quite a while. The ongoing deal through which Microsoft is selling license keys for just $15 each to anybody who purchased a PC between June 2nd and January 31st is set to end as we move into March 2013. That means that getting an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for less than $200 is going to be a problem going forward.
If you qualify for this promo and want to take advantage of it before time runs out, head over to http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/ by the end of the day. You will need to supply a small amount of personal information as well as the brand, model, and purchase date for your computer. It’s a painless process that saves you loads of money.
If you don’t qualify, it might be worth trying to redeem the offer anyway. Many users are still reporting that there is no real screening done for the $15 price. They have managed to pick up keys by falsifying the purchase date. Since the most invasive detail that Microsoft asks for is a valid Windows 7 product key, pretty much anybody running a system made post-Vista has at least a chance of pulling it off.
It’s probably worth considering this even if you are not currently interested in using Windows 8. We know that Microsoft is stepping up the update schedule for their operating systems. Windows Blue, which sources indicate is going to be a major feature update and platform reset, should be freely available later this year. More and more applications are being developed specifically for distribution through the Windows Store as well.