Microsoft sets price for Windows 8, opens for pre-order

  • Microsoft has opened its Windows 8 operating system for pre-orders, setting the price for an upgrade to the full version of the software at $70 for a DVD pack.

    Users also have the option to wait for the launch on October 26 when they will be able to download the system onto their computers for $40. The offer price expires at the end of January.

    PCs running Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8.

    Microsoft has not yet announced the cost of the full software to install from scratch, as opposed to the upgrade.

    The current price for a comparable version of Windows 7 sits at $200.