While not directly related to Windows Phone, the advent of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 means that the long-discussed shared ecosystem takes a step closer to fruition. With the shared core of Windows, we can expect to see more Windows Phone apps to become available for upcoming laptops and and tablets, thus making integration between devices classes much more likely.
For those who have recently purchased a Windows 7 PC, Microsoft stated:
If you purchase (or have purchased) an eligible Windows 7 PC anytime between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 USD ERP** (U.S.) which will be redeemable starting October 26th. For more details on the Windows Upgrade Offer, see this blog post.