People who buy a PC with Windows 7 in June will be able to upgrade to the final release of Windows 8 Pro for $14.99, according to a report on SuperSite for Windows.
An update is commonly offered to those buying new hardware in the run up to a major new OS release, so that computer sales don’t suffer from people holding out for the new version. In the case of Windows Vista to Windows 7 in 2009 it was a free upgrade.
The website says, “the Windows 8 promotion is different. This time around, Microsoft is only offering two mainstream versions of the product to consumers: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. And instead of offering a free upgrade to the version of Windows 8 that most closely matches the version of Windows 7 a user buys with a new PC, Microsoft will this time offering only the higher-end Windows 8 Pro.”
At least it is some consolation that $14.99 (if that price is correct) is cheaper than the the full retail price of the OS, which anyone upgrading from XP or Vista will probably need to pay. It is not clear what the UK price would be but we guess it will be about £10-£15.
In other Windows 8 news, Microsoft has officially announced a new parental control feature. It is called Family Safety, in which parents can create a user account for their children and opt to receive weekly email reports showing how much time those users have spent online, recent web searches, most visited websites or games played most frequently.
The controls enable mums or dads to set time limits, as found in other parental control software, as well age filtering for content and so on. The more tech-savvy kids will probably find a way around that but having a feature built into Windows rather than having to download third-party software might reassure some parents (and tabloid newspaper editors).