Microsoft To Offer Digital Upgrades To Windows 8 [News]

Dave LeClair 23-11-2011

Microsoft To Offer Digital Upgrades To Windows 8 [News] windows logoWindows 8 is coming. Regardless of how you feel about the changes Microsoft is making to their new OS, it will be released soon. A big change that Microsoft is going to make with Windows 8 is releasing it digitally for users who are upgrading from previous versions. This was a move made by Apple with the release of Lion, and it seems that Windows is going to follow their lead.


One of the greatest problems Apple ran into with their latest OS was that they only released it digitally, and people who wanted to buy the disk were out of luck. Windows is not making the same mistake, because they are releasing Windows 8 both on disk and digitally.

According to Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft’s Windows Division :

In the past, if you wanted to buy an upgrade for Windows, it involved purchasing a boxed product from a retail outlet, taking it home, (sometimes being infuriated while trying to open the box,) and inserting a DVD.

He goes on to say :

However, buying boxed software is quickly becoming the exception rather than the rule, with more and more software being purchased online as broadband penetration increases and large-size media downloads become more common.

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It looks as if Windows is catching up with the times, but not leaving behind their users who are not up with the latest technology.


Source: Apple Insider

Related topics: Microsoft, Windows 8.

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  1. Andrew
    November 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

    When Microsoft offered the Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional Editions to students for a little over $30, you had to sign up with a .edu email address, though they accepted addresses containing "alumni", and you got a license key and a digital download through Digital River.  You could download either an installable .EXE file, or a .ISO file that you could burn to a DVD.

    This began when Windows 7 launched, before Apple sold Mac OS X to anybody via digital download.  The difference with Windows 8 seems to be that Microsoft is making it available to everyone via digital download.

  2. Kdsny2004
    November 24, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Apple trolls roaming.........

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  3. David Beadle
    November 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Once again this just proves Steve Jobs assertion that Microsoft never innovates or creates anything but rather duplicates other companies ideas and then implements them within their framework.  

    I predict Windows 8 will not be well received, they'll redesign it like they did Vista and then you'll have a hybrid of Win8 with whatever they come up next like they did with Windows 7.  Which is nothing more than a Windows based version of Mac Lion.

    • Mac Fan
      November 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      Sounds like someone just doesn't like Windows. Steve Jobs is dead so what next?

      • Anestis Kozakis
        November 24, 2011 at 12:25 am

        Steve Jobs was the PR Guy and the face of Apple.  There's plenty of innovations to come from Apple as there are a lot of smart guys working there.

  4. Thomas Kainz
    November 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    It's not just that there are consumer's whom are not up with the latest technology but out here in the 'boonies' (I live in the Southern Colorado Mountains - 7,200 ft) broadband is not a given.  For those that have no choice but to use a satellite service such as Hughes Net or Wild Blue, having to download large (in the GB range) programs can wipe out your download 'allowance' for the whole month and then you either pay more or get throttled back.  Besides - unless there is a decent savings for the digital download (and in some cases there is no savings at all) I'd rather have the 'hard copy'.  Why should I give the company substantially more profit by downloading the digital copy and then have to burn my own backup if it's not going save me anything?  The overhead cost associated with downloading a digital file are substantially less than those associated with manufacturing and distributing a boxed version not to mention the fact that the company does not have to share the profit with the retailer.  Let's spread the savings a bit - and then I'll consider doing the digital download dance.

  5. Anestis Kozakis
    November 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    If you look at the Apple website, you can buy Mac OS X Lion on a USB thumbdrive, so it is not digital download only. 

    • Dave LeClair
      November 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      True, but there is no traditional CD like people are used to.

  6. mick register
    November 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Way To Go!
    Keeping up with the times, while not excluding the old timey lovers.
    That is how you do it!

    • Dave LeClair
      November 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Seems like Microsoft is finally listening to their users.