On Wednesday, January 21, Microsoft took the stage at a small media briefing for its next major OS release, Windows 10.
During the event, the company unveiled that the upgrade for Windows 10 will be free, just like upgrading OS X recently. However, one major difference is that Microsoft is making the free upgrade only for a limited amount of time. According to the company, the free upgrade will be available for the first year, and that free upgrade will be available for users on specific operating systems, depending on their device being upgraded.
For smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1, PCs running Windows 8.1 and PCs running Windows 7, the free upgrade will be available for a year. As mentioned, it’s only for the first year after Windows 10’s launch. Any time after that, it will presumably cost some amount of money to upgrade, but Microsoft did not clarify what that price will be.
Microsoft also confirmed that users that upgrade will have access to the latest versions of Windows 10 all for free. Compare that to Apple, which has had free upgrades, including major software versions, since 2013 with the launch of OS X Mavericks. Certainly, Microsoft may be late to the game, but for Windows users out there the free upgrade must be a worthwhile feature.
Do you plan on upgrading to Windows 10?