Online retailers have been a core source of product leaks across the industry in recent years, and Amazon is certainly no exception. In the latest round, the bookseller-cum-Internet-superstore showed off the unreleased box art and product details for the Pro version of the next-gen Windows operating system. In the Win8 box art, Microsoft shows off their hipper side with a focus on the new Windows logos. It really gives a sense of how colorful the Windows 8 user interface is.
On the back of the box, Microsoft is pushing some of the new operating system’s new features, including the Windows Store, Windows Defender, SkyDrive cloud storage integration, and more:
Beautiful, fast, fluid
Start up quickly
Customize your Start screen with live tiles
Browse faster with Internet Explorer
Get great apps at the Windows Store
Plus Mail, Photos, SkyDrive and more built-in
Ready for business
Encrypt your data with BitLocker
Access your PC on-the-go with Remote Desktop
Connect to company networks with domain join
The software giant also includes a helpful note about upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8:
Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro
If your PC is running Windows 7, your files, programs, and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8 Pro. If your PC is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your programs. Some features such as touch may require a new PC. To check compatibility, visit your PC manufacturer’s website, run Upgrade Assistant at www.windows.com/upgrade, and see bottom for details.
The top half of that list will be equally descriptive of the consumer oriented version, while the bottom set of points will be limited to the business- and enthusiast-targeted Windows 8 Pro.
Until January 31st, users of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $40. Microsoft is keeping quiet about how much the upgrade will cost users just a couple of months later, but rumors are floating that it’ll rise to at least a hundred dollars.