Microsoft offers SA Windows 8 discount

2012-06-01 15:32

Cape Town - Microsoft is offering South Africans who buy a new computer a discount to upgrade to its Windows 8 operating system.

"Microsoft has launched a Windows Upgrade Offer, which will allow qualifying buyers the option to purchase a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for around R125, which they can redeem when Windows 8 becomes generally available," the software giant told News24.

Microsoft is finalising the final testing phase of the new operating system that has been generally welcomed by users.

It is designed to position the company in the fast-growing tablet and mobile computing space.

"The Windows Upgrade Offer gives you the flexibility to purchase the new Windows PC you need today, with the knowledge that you can easily upgrade to Windows 8 when it’s available," Microsoft said.


A "consumer preview" version of Windows 8 was downloaded more than a million times in the 24 hours after its release in February, according to Microsoft.

The software company has seen a rebirth in its fortunes after the launch of the successful Windows 7 operating system and is looking to continue that momentum with the latest version of the software that runs the overall majority of the world's computers.

"It's really, in some senses, a dawning of the rebirth of MS Windows... It's certainly the most important piece of work we've done," said CEO Steve Ballmer in May.

The previous generation Windows 7 received the endorsement of cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab.

"What we recommend to all users is Windows 7 - it is the best Windows operating system as far as security is concerned," said Sergey Novikov, head of Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team.

He warned though, that most users in Africa were still using the Windows XP operating system, making them vulnerable to hacking attacks.

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  • francois.kloppers - 2012-06-01 15:57

    Windows upgrade offer... No thank you. Not even if it's for free...

      keir.timm - 2012-06-01 21:18

      I think most people would accept it if it was free... Linux-fundies only real gripe about windows is that we have to pay for faulty software, if its free, there's no reason to complain...

      Attie - 2012-06-01 22:19

      You know I've been on both sides of that fence. And to be brutally honest; I'm now back to Windows. Windows 7 is just such an accomplished product.

  • Jan - 2012-06-01 16:06

    I'll wait for service pack 1 or 2 after the Vista F-up!

  • kaylee.f.smith - 2012-06-01 16:28

    This will go down with Win ME and Vista is the biggest flop Microsoft has made. How could you make a Phone\Tablet OS for a PC

      kaylee.f.smith - 2012-06-01 16:31

      BTW You got the Pic of Win 7 there. Here is one for 8:

      Phoenix - 2012-06-01 18:29

      Seriously??? You clearly have NO idea what win 8 is about. Dear me.

      keir.timm - 2012-06-01 21:15 I seriously don't like the new direction...

      Phoenix - 2012-06-01 21:53

      OK so ONE screen shot of the metro interface has you in a tizz??? You can run eiher metro or the standard windows interface - with metro CLEARLY being targetted at touch screen devices such as slates.

  • Holdanigono - 2012-06-01 16:53

    Can't wait to get it

  • leftknee - 2012-06-01 17:09

    Surely you mean thar windows 7 is the most secure of the *windows variants*. At least qualify if this extremely broad all encompassing statement includes the linux/apple/unix OSes. I'm sure that kapersky wouldn't make a mistake like that.

      leftknee - 2012-06-01 17:11

      Sorry. My bad. It does say that.

  • jacovniek - 2012-06-01 17:13

    I've go a penguin on my desk...

  • Marco - 2012-06-01 17:14

    dunno about windows 8 ,but mr grey on the right is pretty well preserved for 45 dontcha think.

  • neels.ferreira - 2012-06-01 18:19

    Its a another way to stimulate the PC industry, as many people will have to upgrade their hardware, in order for the Windows to work properly - we will never win

      Phoenix - 2012-06-01 21:56

      Oh yes the other manufacturers such as Apple do not do the same. err.. hang on... You want to use the same tech and OS for eternity with no advancement? No-one is forcing you to upgrade. Why not go all the way and go back to DOS? Maybe if you are not so bold, how about Windows 3.1 or maybe OS2?

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-06-01 18:19

    M upgrading to 8 2moro

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-02 01:17

    So many people use Xp because it just works and needs less resources to get the job done. Not everyone has the latest Pc.

  • Aristar - 2012-06-02 19:37

    I even reformatted my new laptop to Ubuntu because MS 7 is such a fup. MS can shove windows right up their shirts.

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