South African customers who buy a new Windows 7 PC before February 2013 will not have to fork out the full price to upgrade to Windows 8.
Microsoft has launched a Windows Upgrade Offer, which will allow qualifying buyers the option to purchase a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (around R125), which they can redeem when Windows 8 becomes generally available.
The offer is available for consumers buying new Windows 7 PCs that come pre-installed 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 of 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013, and redeemed before the program expires at the end of February 2013.
Consumers who register for the Windows Upgrade Offer will be able to download Windows 8 starting the day it becomes publicly available. The upgrade can be installed on any eligible and compatible Windows PC and comes with 90 days of support from Microsoft.