An upgrade to Windows 8 Pro only costs $39.99 if you download it directly from Microsoft. If you want a boxed copy rather than a hefty download, the official price is $69.99, but shopping around can get you a much better price.
These are the offers we've seen so far.
- Officeworks appears to have the cheapest deal, charging $48.72 according to catalogue advertising (though its web site lists the software for $68). Harris Technology also has the same price.
- Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi both offer the upgrade for $58.
- Big W is charging close to full price at $68, and Dick Smith is going the full $69.99.
All these deals require you to be running Windows XP, Vista or 7 and doing an in-place upgrade. (Pricing for standalone copies in Australia hasn't been officially announced; we'll update when it is.)
Update: Microsoft has confirmed that there's no official pricing for full install copies in Australia. Yes, you read that correctly.
If you spot any other good Windows 8 deals, let us know in the comments. (Remember also if you buy a new PC with Windows 7 on it, you can upgrade to Windows 8 for $14.99.)