Microsoft has announced that registration for that Windows 8 upgrade offer they announced in May has now opened up. Basically, if you purchased or will purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, you can purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for the low cost of $14.99 USD, which you can redeem as soon as Windows 8 is generally available on October 26.
To get the $14.99 upgrade price, simply register on the Windows Upgrade Offer website after registering. Go through the wizard — while having the product key of the Windows 7 install that came with the PC handy — and you’re good. Then, starting on October 26, promo codes will be sent out via email with purchase instructions, where you can then redeem your Windows 8 license for the low cost of $14.99. During checkout, the price may still be listed as $39.99, but once you get to the order confirmation page, you will be able to enter in your promo code which will then drop the price accordingly.
You’ll have until February 28, 2013 to register.
It’s definitely not a bad deal, and it’s awesome to see Microsoft offering Windows 8 to consumers at such an affordable cost. So, unless you’re waiting for a Windows RT (or Windows 8 Pro) tablet, you don’t have to wait until general availability to purchase a new PC.