Existing users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 will all be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 within the first year of the OS’ launch, Microsoft has announced.
After the first year has exhausted, users must then pay the regular fees of upgrading themselves from their current Windows to the latest operating system. The cost of this upgrade has not been released by the company.
Those who do get the free upgrade during the first year will have Windows 10 on their systems permanently. You don’t have to worry about the OS expiring in the second year.
“Once a device is upgraded to Windows 10, we’ll be keeping it current for the supported lifetime for the device,” confirmed Terry Myerson, chief of Microsoft’s operating systems division.
In a Q&A session following the Windows 10 event, the company’s CEO Satya Nadella clarified fears of Microsoft enforcing any kind of subscription model for Windows 10. He said that Microsoft’s vision for the new Windows does not involve any plans with annual fees or subscriptions. The free upgrade is permanent and there will be no additional costs attached with the new OS once you have upgraded your system.
Windows 10 is set to launch later this year. In contrast to its predecessor, Windows 10 is taking into account feedback from the PC community and bringing back the Start Button, as well as a series of other features that were missing or skewed in Windows 8.