excatholica writes "After confusion at the Australian Windows 8 launch, a boxed copy of Windows 8 Pro was purchased to see if it would work for clean installs.
Microsoft has confused retail resellers on the pricing and availability of its Windows 8 operating system, providing no specific details despite a major licensing change.
The company told attendees of its launch event in Sydney on Friday 26th October that it would only sell upgrades of the software in retail stores — no boxed copies of the full OS would be available.
However some retailers said they were “definitely” selling full boxed versions of the software in their stores.
But when the magazine bought a copy and tested it, the results did not bear this out..."