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If you’ve been holding out to start your Windows Phone 8 project, the time to wait is approaching its end very quickly. To run the Windows Phone 8 Emulator, a developer will need Windows 8 Pro to run Hyper-V. If you don’t have Windows 8 Pro yet or bought a PC or laptop with just Windows 8 (instead of Windows 8 Pro), you have until February 1st to take advantage of a deal from Microsoft that allows you to upgrade via Windows Pro Pack for $69.99 and to upgrade Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview edition to Windows 8 pro for only $39.99. On February 1, 2013 the price will change from $39.99 (69.99 if you are buying media) to $199.99 MSRP for Pro and $99 MSRP for Pro Pack.