Microsoft has just announced that when Windows 10 is released, customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
The free upgrade offer will be limited to the first year however. Anyone who waits longer than that to install Windows 10 will have to purchase the upgrade.
This is great news folks. I’ve been testing the Technical Preview version of Windows 10 for some time now, and I absolutely love it! (Click here if you’d like to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview yourself. It’s free!)
I’m really not all that surprised by this announcement because Microsoft released a free version of Windows 8.1 quite some time ago. It’s called “Windows 8.1 with Bing”, and it’s absolutely free when it’s installed on low-cost PCs and on mobile devices with small screens.
Like most everyone else that I know, I never really liked the original Windows 8 at all because of the drastic changes Microsoft made to the user interface. Luckily, Windows 8.1 fixed a lot of Windows 8’s most irritating annoyances, and Windows 10 has virtually wiped the annoyances completely out PLUS added a bunch of worthwhile enhancements.
Bottom line: Having used the Windows 10 Technical Preview for some time, I plan to install the consumer version of Windows 10 on my work computer just as soon as it is released. And I strongly recommend that you do the same since it’ll be available as a free upgrade!
Trust me, Windows 10 is NOT Windows 8. It’s a whole lot better in my opinion. In fact, I sincerely believe that it will turn out to be the best version of Windows ever released.