Microsoft reveals Windows 8 upgrade path -- and $15 fee

Planning on buying a new Windows 7 computer before Windows 8 comes out? Microsoft has a low-cost deal to get you to upgrade to Windows 8 when it comes out later this year.

Accompanying today's debut of the Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft has announced a steeply discounted Windows 8 upgrade path for people who buy Windows 7 computers between June 2012 and January 2013.

If you buy an eligible Windows 7 computer between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013, you'll be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99. Microsoft said that more details on the upgrade plan would be announced tomorrow, and that further upgrade options will be revealed for current Windows 7 computer owners in the coming months.

The company also said that it will make a push for Windows 8 for businesses at the TechEd North America conference, which starts June 11.

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