No free upgrade for you!
If you buy a Windows 7 computer now, you won't get a free upgrade to Windows 8. Previously, Microsoft and computer makers provided an upgrade, gratis, from Windows Vista to Windows 7 for systems that were bought on the cusp of the latter OS's debut. (Maybe they were being generous to make up for the awfulness that was Vista.) This time, there will be no free ticket to the world of Metro. But if you buy a Windows 7 computer between June 2 and Windows 8's launch, you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.