Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced today a new deal for students to boost the popularity for Windows 8. Students who want to purchase Windows 8 can upgrade online via the Microsoft Store for just $69.99, from February 1st in the US.

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It’s a very good deal, considering the fact, that Microsoft is raising the price of the Windows 8 Pro to $199.99 at the end of January 31, from the original offered price of $39.99.

The software giant is also planning a Windows Campus Tour, starting on February 18. The tour includes 150 university campuses across the U.S., and will allow students to check the Windows 8 features along with latest tablets and PCs, and also interact with a “team of Techsperts.” Apart from U.S., students from 49 other countries will benefit from the deal, but excluding the campus tours, by March 19.

The blog read: “For students, Windows 8 offers the best for work and play and with the new Start screen that makes it super easy to organize, access and find what matters most to you. With Windows 8, students can download apps from the Windows Store like Microsoft OneNote or Evernote for taking notes in class or Skype to stay connected with friends and family.”

The deal can be availed by students, faculty, and staff having a valid email address through a qualifying education institution. A person can buy up to five copies if they meet the criteria. The upgrade will be available to the PC’s that are currently using a genuine copy of Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has sold more than 60 million licenses of Windows 8 to date, but the company has not revealed how many of these copies have been activated. Windows 8 had been controversial before and after the launch, despite that there are quite a few reasons to upgrade to the new feature, including faster PC performance.
So even if you are not a student and want to upgrade to Windows 8 and that too at a lower price, you still have next two days (almost) to do so.