Windows 10 Will Be FREE For Most PC Users
Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for most PC users, and it will also be free for Windows Phone 8.1 users. If you are currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on your PC you will be able to upgrade later this year to Windows 10 at no cost, over the first year following release. If you are running a Windows phone using Windows phone 8.1 you will also be able to upgrade that OS to Windows 10 for free. It is important to remember that when Windows 8 was released it was offered as a "low-cost" upgrade for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users. This free upgrade Microsoft announced today is a little different and probably for good reason, whereas Windows 8 had suffered so much criticism from the public and the industry. It was clear that Microsoft needed to make it right with its customer base and that is what they intend to do with this free upgrade to Windows 10.
This free upgrade to Windows 10 is not the only thing that was announced about Windows 10 today by Microsoft. It is quite clear that Windows 10 is intended to be almost completely cross-platform, engaging many devices and hoping to entice a new customer base beyond that which currently uses PCs, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. The different kinds of devices being used today across the world present themselves as a new market for the Windows OS and Microsoft intends to grab a market share and at the same time restore faith in their company and Windows.This could be a daunting task and I'm fairly certain that Microsoft understands that. In the next few months the current Windows 10 "insiders" who are testing the Windows 10 technical preview will get a chance to test even more functionality such as the new Cortana and perhaps something called HoloLens (can you say holograms?). The next few months will be very interesting and in fact critical to Microsoft's Windows reputation as the attempt to deliver Windows 10 commercially to the public is slated to be some time this summer.
The new Windows 10 OS is intended to be used on devices with all sizes of screens and even devices that do not use screens. Microsoft's Xbox will use Windows 10, wearables will use Windows 10, hybrids and televisions will use Windows 10. Microsoft also states that between all devices that Windows 10 can run there will be a single common development platform for developers to use. This will also be a move in the right direction for Microsoft in making it easier for those wishing to develop apps to do so and have them work on multiple devices more easily. If you would like to see all the details, the webcast for Microsoft earlier today is available for replay here.