Staples, today and tomorrow only is offering a coupon that drops the cost of Windows 8 Professional to $39.99. This is not to be confused with the Microsoft upgrade price of $39.99 sold direct, Staples is offering the non-upgrade bare drive copy of Windows 8 Pro.
The coupon is only valid at retail stores, and many stores are already low on stock due to launch day traffic. The coupon does expire tomorrow, but Staples does have a store policy to accept coupons up to two weeks after their expiration date. Also, Office Depot accepts competitor coupons.
This is the best deal we’ve seen for those not upgrading from a previous version of Windows. It is an excellent option for Mac owners as well, though requests for comment on Boot Camp support went un-answered from Apple today. Apple has a long-standing history of not responding to requests for comment from PhoneNews.com.
Also, Microsoft is offering free Media Center “Pro Pack” upgrade keys for any owner of Windows 8 Professional, through the end of the year. The Pro Pack adds Windows Media Center, MPEG-2 decoding, and DVD playback support to Windows 8. The Pro Pack is necessary even if upgrading from a previous version of Windows that included these features.
We expect to post our Windows 8 review shortly.