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Windows 10 to be free upgrade for first year

Sam Loveridge


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Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade for the first year of its release.

In order to help boost adoption of Windows 10 in the first year of its release, Microsoft has confirmed that it will be offered for free.

That's to anyone currently running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and even Windows Phone 8.1 too.

Microsoft also revealed that this free upgrade doesn't just extend to the full version of Windows 10.

Like with Mac OS X, Windows 10 will bring tweaks and new features to its users via free software updates.

"With Windows 10, we think of Windows as a service," explained Terry Myerson, Executive VP of Operating Systems at Microsoft. "You could comfortably think of Windows 10 as the world’s largest internet service.”

There's no mention of when Windows 10, with its focus on offering a seamless Windows transition for users regardless of their device, will be released to consumers.

All we know so far is that Windows 10 will be released sometime this year.



January 21, 2015, 6:25 pm

I wonder if this will extend to old Technet Win 7 licenses?

Matthew Bunton

January 21, 2015, 7:27 pm

Well that's nice, I didn't expect that.


January 21, 2015, 8:57 pm

So does that mean you can upgrade for free, if you do it in the first year after release,
or more likely,
have it free for a year and then start paying ANNUALLY for that subscription?

The more worrying question then is, would I need internet connection every time I want to run my OS, Diablo 3 DRM style?

Frederick Flynn

January 21, 2015, 9:19 pm

windows as a service sounds expensive to me!


January 21, 2015, 10:03 pm

This official blog makes it a bit clearer:

"This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge."

I suspect it'll be like the time limited price reduction for Windows 8 when that was launched. Once you bought it at the lower price, it was yours to keep. From everything I've read, it sounds like no true subscription is involved.


January 22, 2015, 7:28 am

"...for the supported lifetime of the *device* ..."
Strange choice of words, I'd have thought they would say "...for the supported lifetime of the OS..."
Unless, of course, they really meant the device. So what happens when they bring out the next device model upgrade after 6 months?

Scott Weinberg

March 3, 2015, 2:05 am

Yeah, they will getting more expensive. I cannot afford of it. I just don't think its happening anytime soon.

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