Windows 8 pops up on Amazon

The retail giant's U.K. Web site offers a peek at the various packages of Windows 8, including one geared for the European market.

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Windows 8 won't officially go on sale until October 26, but Amazon is already giving us a peek at the product's sales page.

Amazon's U.K. site is showing off the Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition, which lets users move up from Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Also on the site is the the Windows 8 Pro Pack, which bumps up the Windows 8 standard edition to the Professional version.

European users can also check out the Windows 8 Pro N Version, which is similar to its American counterpart but without Windows Media Player.

The Windows 8 Pro and Pro N editions include the software, while the Windows 8 Pro Pack is simply a product key card that will let users upgrade from the standard to the Pro version.

The Window 8 Pro page is the only one that offers a description of the new operating system. All the pages show several images of the product packaging and invite consumers to "sign up to be notified when this item becomes available."

The pages don't list specific prices. But the Windows 8 Pro edition will cost owners of XP, Vista, or Windows 7 $39.99 to download the product online and $69.99 to buy the physical media through a retail outlet.

(Via The Verge)