A free upgrade to Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch.
At the next chapter of Windows 10 event, Microsoft has shared a lot of things about the future of Windows operating system. And first and foremost likeable thing is that Windows 10 will be free and available as Service to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 during the first year after launch.
In this context, Microsoft expects about 200 million Windows 8/8.1 users and 650 million Windows 7 users will be getting Windows 10 at no additional coast. It will be more than one-time upgrade, and the company will continue to deliver new features and keep supporting until the lifecycle expires. In addition, the officials touted again that all existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices will also be eligible to get a free upgrade to Windows 10.
At that large scale of adoption, Microsoft also thinks of Windows as a Service – like Office 365 – to reduce the OS fragmentation, which will benefit consumers, developers as well as enterprise customers, bringing “more personal computing” down the road.
Terry Myerson, Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, explained, “Windows 10 is the first step to an era of more personal computing. This vision framed our work on Windows 10, where we are moving Windows from its heritage of enabling a single device – the PC – to a world that is more mobile, natural and grounded in trust.”
So all eligible users will be able to perform a free upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update starting the first day of the release of the new OS. However, none of the officials mentioned how much they would charge for an upgrade after the first year of the launch.