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Microsoft offers upgrade to Windows 8

Microsoft is offering an upgrade to Windows 8 to customers of Windows-7 based PCs.

Tami Reller, chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of Windows at Microsoft, said that the upgrade offer provides customers who buy an eligible Windows-7 PC the option to purchase a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of US$14.99 (Bt450) during the promotion period.

The Windows upgrade offer is the first of many offers that will roll out in conjunction with the general availability of Windows 8.

"We've seen a great interest in Windows 8, especially given the availability of the Windows 8 release preview this week, and yet we know many consumers want a new PC now," said Reller.

The upgrade offer gives people the flexibility to purchase the new Windows PC they need today, with the knowledge they can easily upgrade to Windows 8 when it becomes available.

This programme began on June 2 in 131 markets, including the US and Canada, and is available to customers buying new Windows 7 PCs that are preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate and include a matching and valid OEM Certificate of Authenticity.

The Windows 7 PC must be purchased new during the eligibility period - June 2, 2012 to January 31, 2013 - and redeemed before the programme expires at the end of February 2013.

Customers who register for the Windows upgrade offer will be able to download Windows 8 starting the day it is made generally available. The upgrade can be installed on any eligible and compatible Windows PC and comes with 90 days support from Microsoft.

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