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Windows 8 Pro price drop was an error

Microsoft confirms mistake but will honour cut price purchases

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Microsoft's unexpected price slashing of Windows 8 Pro was a mistake.

Yesterday we reported that Microsoft had dropped the price of Windows 8 Pro to £45, lower than regular Windows 8 at £99. The firm has confirmed with PC Advisor that this change was made in error. See also: How to upgrade to Windows 8

Microsoft said: "Due to an error in our system, Windows 8 Pro was available on the Microsoft Online Store in the UK at a price that was advertised lower than our regular Microsoft Store price."

If anyone managed to purchase the cut price Windows 8 Pro operating system while it was cheap, Microsoft will honor the purchase. Well, it was Microsoft's fault after all.  

"This pricing error has been corrected and we are honoring all legitimate purchases that occurred while we worked to resolve the issue. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience our customers may have experienced." the firm added.

The price has now returned back to £190 which is the price it increased to at the beginning of February after Microsoft's upgrade offer ended. The pricing error affected on the UK website and not the US site where it remained at $200.

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