Microsoft: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 user

Windows 10 is a Free Upgrade for the First Year for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users – Microsoft

Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson announced Wednesday that Windows 10 upgrade will be free of cost to the current Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 user for the first year. The surprising announcement was made during the Windows 10 event in Redmond.

Most of the devices will be able to get the upgrade facility depending upon the hardware and software requirements, he said.

“It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.”

Since now, Microsoft has been charging for every OS, this will be the first time when a present Windows 7,8/8.1 user will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for a year for free.

Though not the latest but Windows 7 is currently the most popular operating system leaving behind the current Microsoft’s Windows 8  which many users find a bit radical in approach and are still hesitating to upgrade too. Most probably because Windows 7 is more user friendly than its successor Windows 8 and not to forget mentioning how difficult it becomes for the first few weeks to shift to a newer interface.

Windows 10 is said to loaded with a bit more user friendly interface than its predecessor Windows 8.

Windows 10 will be available for all of the Microsoft gadgets including Windows phones, PCs, tablets and Xbox. Windows phone users will be also able to upgrade to windows 10 for free.

It however remains to be seen as to how much Microsoft charges for Windows 10 after the free period of 1 year comes to an end.  And since Microsoft has stopped giving extended support to Windows 7 since 13th Jan, what will happen if Windows 7 users who upgraded to Windows 10 want to fall back on their old Windows 7.

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Abhishek Kumar Jha
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