Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Upgrade Will be Free For Just One Year
Microsoft announced earlier that Windows 10 will be available for free upgrade for Windows 7 and above existing OS users, however the company reiterates that the free upgrade will only be valid for one year. After that, interested users would have to pay for the service.
Ever since Windows 10 was announced, Microsoft has been pushing the free upgrade option, clearly for hitting the 1 billion user tag. With the release date just around the corner, the company is making sure that nobody gets confused about the free upgrade.
Microsoft’s Australian Partner Network announced in a post that the validity time for upgrade would be one year. If users have not upgraded to the latest installment within 12 months, they would have to pay for the software through a digital download or via a boxed product. Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 computers will be eligible for the upgrade.
Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the first year. After the first year, upgrades will be paid via boxed product and VL Upgrades.
People who are currently using the pirated versions of the above mentioned Windows will not be able to upgrade to Windows 10 and they will see a watermark permanently on their desktops. However, Microsoft might give discounts to induce these users into shifting to the real thing. Users with Windows Vista or Windows XP would also have to purchase the new Windows.
The price for Windows 10 (after one year free upgrade) has not been announced yet. We expect it to come out soon though, at least before the summer release.