Yes you can get a Windows 8 upgrade directly from Microsoft at a really cheap price of $14.99 in case your computer does qualifies for the Windows 8 upgrade offer. As of now Microsoft has released Windows 8 beta version under the name of Windows 8 Release Preview and actual launch date of Windows 8 is still to be confirmed by Microsoft. In case you are planning to get hold of new Windows 8, but you are planning to buy a Windows 7 computer, you may qualify for the Windows 8 upgrade offer. The Windows 8 upgrade offer will be valid for your original Windows 7 computer (with either of Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate) purchase made between 2nd June 2012 and 31st January 2013. In case you are planning to upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7 Starter edition, then unfortunately this Windows 8 upgrade offer does not applies for your computer running on Windows 7 Starter Edition. You must read on carefully and understand all the terms and conditions to get this Windows 8 upgrade offer from Microsoft.
The Windows 8 upgrade offer is valid only in 131 countries (e.g. United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, India, South Africa, etc) for original Windows 7 computers purchases made between 2 June 2012 and 31 Jan 2013. This Windows 8 upgrade offer will be available in 37 language and in case you are looking forward to get Windows 8 english version, you do not need to worry about the language and you should be only concerned about whether the Windows 8 upgrade offer is valid in your country or not. The price for Windows 8 upgrade from Windows 7 will be different as per country of the purchase. You will be able to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 at around $14.99, take or give few pennies or keep a few dollars spare.
This Windows 8 upgrade offer from Windows 7 will get you Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade) Edition. In case you would like to have a Windows 8 upgrade edition on a DVD, yes you will be able to order a Windows 8 DVD at additional cost along with shipping charges, taxes and other applicable charges. In case you do have a good broadband connection, you might not be very much interested in purchasing a Windows 8 upgrade DVD and a faster option would be to just download Windows 8 iso file and burn it on a DVD yourself.
Windows 8 Media Center would count as an extra purchase on a Windows 8 upgraded computer. With so many Free Media Playback software applications in market working fine for Windows 7 already, you might not need to pay for Windows 8 media center pack, but depending on your requirements, you might have to pay extra dollars for getting Windows 8 Media Center Pack. Windows 8 need a minimum display resolution of 1024 by 768 and yes that’s a minimum and yes it is always better to grab a Monitor with much larger screen resolution.
You cannot register for Windows 8 upgrade offer from your mobile and you must use a Desktop or Laptop Computer to register for Windows 8 Upgrade offer. Most recent browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox can be used to signup for the Windows 8 Upgrade.
You can download the current latest version of Windows 8 from Microsoft for free right now. All you would need is a good internet connection and probably an extra hard disk to install Windows 8. The Windows 8 Beta Edition will stop working as and when Microsoft Releases the full version of Windows 8 with some reminders and with forced shutdown of Windows 8.