Windows 8 will be degradable to Windows 7 and Vista
Windows 8 Pro could be downgraded to earlier versions of Windows
Windows 8 is no doubt Microsoft‘s biggest bet as their unchallenged dominance in the desktop OS could be challenged for the first time if this experiment does not convince the market. To avoid this situation, Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 Pro could be downgraded to earlier versions of Windows (i.e. vista, 7). The software license agreement for the version of Windows 8 Pro states:
Although the second most popular version of their OS (which is still not completely obsolete) Windows XP is not in this list. But that’s not a breaking news as Microsoft support for XP ends in April 2014.
Allowing downgrades has worked for Microsoft in case of Vista very well. Hope is that if users reject Windows 8 they probably won’t be shifting to any other platform and will stick to Windows 7. Microsoft has got some serious loyalty.