If you're buying a new PC with Windows 7 (or have bought one since June 2nd 2012), you can get a Windows 8 upgrade as a download from Microsoft for £14.99 from https://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-GB/
Microsoft don't seem to have announced UK prices for other download upgrades yet. The US price is $40, but that will probably translate to £40 for us (our price has to include VAT, for one thing). The US equivalent of the offer above for new PC owners costs $14.99.
Amazon will probably only sell the boxed product, which usually costs more than a download, but if the price is reduced before release, Amazon refunds you the difference.
As for whether Windows 8 is better than a Mac, I'd say that might have a lot to do with how much Windows software you already own and what you want to do with your computer. I use both, and would happily go Mac-only if Macs were cheaper and had better compatibility with software I need to use which is Windows-only. But running Windows within Mac's OSX is really painful - either slow, freezing, or unreliable, at least for the software I use - and PCs work out a bit better value, I think.
If you're in any doubt, wait for a few months after Windows 8 comes out - it will have some of the bugs kicked out of it by then. Early adoption is almost always a painful business!
Will Windows 8 Pro only upgrade other versions of Windows Pro or will it upgrade, say, from various Windows Home versions (which is, I think, what Mr Timothy S. Bates post, 18/08/12 13:19:12, was getting at)? Is it Cloud based only or can it be used locally on a stand alone PC?
Can I choose between 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions on the same PC?
With a valid license, you may use either 32- or 64-bit Windows, but you may install only one of those versions. The OEM license includes a lengthy bit of additional wording as a caution when switching from a factory 64-bit installation to a 32-bit version
I made the change about 5 years back and haven't looked back, although I still use Windows on a partition with Paralells desktop for one or two very old pc programs and it's "OK"..ish. Although the initial hardware outlay for a Mac is more, you get a far superior (and much cheaper) operating system that is tuned to match your hardware (and vice versa). I've used Windows since 3.1 and whatever they do something is always inherently clunky! Go for it, take the Mac plunge and you won't regret it!
hey guys a report i have just found on pc pro have a look at this link, Windows 8 pro upgrade been afficially said its going to be £25.00 which is what i thought the price was. Have a look. http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/376621/update-now-microsoft-says-windows-8-upgrade-is-25
Is £24.99 price the download price? I appreciate that buying the disc will be more but will that cost an additional £24.99 to take it to the £49.99 Amazon price? Seems steep if that's right. If not wont Amazon reduce their price now?
I have read that if you have pre-ordered with Amazon 'should the price drop by the time it becomes operational then you will only be charged the lower price, should the price rise then you will only be charged the pre-order price' .......
Appreciate your comments Frederick as to the Amazon price drop but I'm still puzzled as to why the price is £49.99 in the first place. I'm sure there is a valid reason, I'd just like to know what it is.