Groupon backtracks on Windows 8 Pro

2012-10-26 21:03
The latest version of Windows is seen on a laptop in Johannesburg. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

The latest version of Windows is seen on a laptop in Johannesburg. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town – Groupon South Africa has backtracked on its previous promise that the product which they are offering is the full version of Windows 8 Pro, and not an upgrade copy.

Earlier this week Groupon South Africa announced that it “will be the first to offer the long-awaited Windows 8 Pro Microsoft software at up to 70% off the recommended retail price”.

The company said that the recommended retail price for Windows 8 Pro was R2,000, and that they are offering the product at R599.

When Groupon was asked whether their deal was the “full Windows 8 Pro”, or whether it is a Windows 8 Pro upgrade copy which needed a previous version of Windows, the company’s response was clear: “The Windows 8 Pro deal is the full package that gets delivered in a box to the customers address”.

Colin Erasmus, business lead at Microsoft South Africa, told MyBroadband that unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 8 will not have retail copies that can be installed without owning a license for an older version of Microsoft’s operating system.

This means that users will need a version of Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 to use their copy of Windows 8 bought on launch day.

– For the full article visit MyBroadband.

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