Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade) comparison

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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)
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Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft Windows 8.1
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Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)

Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)
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Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
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Microsoft Windows 7 (Ultimate)

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Price $79 to $202 at 9 stores $79 to $119 at 11 stores $124 to $406 at 5 stores $148 to $499 at 6 stores
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.2 (4.5 stars)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Average user rating 2.0 stars out of 292 reviews 2.0 stars out of 40 reviews 3.5 stars out of 334 reviews 2.0 stars out of 13 reviews 3.5 stars out of 50 reviews
Release date October 26, 2012 June 24, 2013 October 22, 2009 June 04, 2013 October 22, 2009
The Bottom Line Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price. If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year. Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now. As it's a free upgrade that gives you more apps, improved features across the board, and better performance, there is really no reason not to get Mavericks on your Mac. Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now.

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