Hopefully it can also be bought with Microsoft Space Bucks (I'm mostly joking). Please note that this price will only last until January 31 of next year. Windows 8 is expected to RTM within the next month or two, and will probably officially launch in early October.
Here are some details on what will transfer to Windows 8 depending on what OS you're currently running.
And don't forget about Windows 8's new Refresh and Reset features, so a fresh install is no longer necessary.
I'm really happy for Microsoft these days. Also this is one of the best things they have ever done.
At that price, ill probably upgrade.
Fantastic price point. Even if Windows 8 isn't a major leap (from a pure functionality standpoint) above 7, $40 is about where my neurotic need to stay current kicks in.
Solid price. The deal lasts long enough that anyone tech savvy enough to be interested will have plenty of time to get it, and I wouldn't be too shocked if it becomes permanent.
I wasn't sure if I was gonna make the upgrade, but $40 seems perfectly reasonable. Now I think I'll be a day 1 upgrade.
It's a good price, but will I be able to do a fresh install with this? Down the road when I need to reinstall the OS I don't want to have to drag out my Windows 7 Pro disc.
@jasonefmonk: Short answer: yes.
@jasonefmonk: We won't know until it's released. Windows 7 allowed you to install cleanly with upgrade media by upgrading on top of itself. However, Windows 8 will let you reinstall itself from itself (it that makes sense). Here's a screenshot from my PC running the RP showing what I'm talking about: http://i.imgur.com/8vWgA.jpg
for $40 I am also upgrading on release day.
The price comes off that Microsoft is noticing hesitation in the market and this is a desperate move to gain rapid adoption of the platform. From my experience of testing the preview release Microsoft couldn't get me to upgrade even if they gave it away with $40.
Just judging from history something tells me Win8 and their strong arm push with Metro UI won't be remembered well and will burn more bridges then it will build. Don't get me wrong I'm not attacking those who want to try it and I hope its what you are expecting, however this is just not my cup of tea; to each their own.
It will be more interesting to see if the business of OEM's such as DELL / HP start offering downgrades to customers again...