Back around the time when Windows 7 was coming out, Microsoft announced a plan that would upgrade the operating system on computers purchased from a certain date from Windows Vista to the version of Windows 7 most closely matching the version of Windows Vista, e.g. Vista Home Premium would be upgraded to 7 Home Premium. The reason for this is obvious: it kept people from holding off on buying a computer until the new operating system comes out. Well this time around Microsoft is still going to have a similar upgrade plan, but this time it will be a little different.
According to some (fairly reliable) rumors, any computer with Windows 7 on it, bought on or after June 2, 2012 until January of 2013, will be eligible for the upgrade. The upgrade will be from any version at or above Windows 7 Home Basic to Windows 8 Pro. Because it's only available to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro through this program, this time around (it's rumored that) Microsoft will be charging for the upgrade. How much, you might ask? $14.99. But you will be upgraded to Windows 8 Pro, which is the version of Windows 8 more aimed at enthusiasts.
While it is a change from the previous upgrade model, it's hard to fault Microsoft on this. $14.99 really is affordable, especially for an operating system that will normally sell for over $100. As the idea of the upgrade program is to make people not wait to buy a new computer, how likely is Microsoft's paid-upgrade plan going to affect how likely you are to buy a new computer in the next 7 months? Do you think you'll wait until Windows 8 is released to buy a new computer, or will you pay the $14.99 upgrade? Or, as many people are planning on, are you not going to want Windows 8 at all?