A trial version of Windows 8 is now available to download. Photo: AFP
Microsoft has issued a reminder about its special US$39.99 offer for a Windows 8 Pro update. This special rate for the new version, which was released on October 26, 2012 will no longer be available after January 31, 2013. Windows 8 Pro will be available for $199.99 starting February 1.
For now, Windows 8 Pro is still available as a download for just $39.99 and the boxed version is still available for $69.99 but from February 1, 2013, the software will also cost $199.99.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, at the beginning of January, Microsoft announced that it had sold over 60 million units of its latest operating system which is compatible (along with Windows RT) with over 1700 machines, in just over two months.