Microsoft today announced that DVD copies of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade are now available for pre-order at select retailers. The operating system upgrade will cost customers $70, and customers running Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 will be able to upgrade.
Windows 8 is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, and other retailers (though you might want to be wary of pre-ordering from Best Buy). However, customers who have the virtue of patience can wait until release day on October 26 to buy the upgrade through Windows.com using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. The downloaded version of Windows 8 Pro will only cost $40.
In addition to the operating system, Microsoft’s Windows 8 partners have been given the green light to put their own products up for pre-order. Tablets, hybrid computers, and laptops from HP,Samsung, and others have just poured into online stores.
Oddly enough, Microsoft’s own hybrid tablet, the Surface, is not yet available for pre-order. Rumors currently hold that Windows 8 smartphones will be available for pre-order starting October 21.