Acer Europe is offering a free upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for Ultrabook customers. Micrsoft is already running a promotion with most major computer companies to offer upgrades to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 for most new computers, but if you buy an Ultrabook between June 2nd, 2012 and January 13th, 2013 Acer will refund the cost of the upgrade.
Acer’s free Windows 8 Pro upgrade promotion is exclusive to the company’s Ultrabooks. That includes the Aspire M3, Aspire M5, Aspire S3 and Aspire S5. Anyone carefully following along will note the lack of Aspire S7. This is of course because the S7 is launching as a touchscreen Ultrabook and will be launched with Windows 8 pre-installed. Acer may indeed announce a new Ultrabook prior to the launch of Windows 8, but more than likely it too won’t hit the market until Windows 8 is available and pre-installed.
In order to take advantage of this offer, Acer asks that customers who have purchased any of the above Ultrabooks upgrade to Windows 8 Pro via Microsoft’s Official Upgrade Program, then you’ll submit to Acer your upgrade confirmation and serial number through this page to get the refund.
We would really rather Acer simply include a code for the free upgrade with any Ultrabooks purchased within the promotion time frame to make it simple to upgrade without jumping through any hoops, though it does sound relatively easy to take advantage of this offer.
According to Acer, the free Windows 8 Pro Ultrabook upgrade offer is available in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Middle East (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar; Kuwait), Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.