So Are We Getting Windows 10 For Free or Not? Microsoft Can’t Decide
Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 10, is the hottest topic of debate over the Internet and fans want to get their hands on it as soon as possible.
The company has made plenty of changes including a new browser and Cortana integration, and have been confident and clear while talking about Windows 10.
However, when it comes to giving away Windows 10 for free, Microsoft hasn’t been very straightforward. Many of us are still not very clear on how and if users are getting the new OS for free.
The confusion is not only among fans, but Microsoft also seems to be having a hard time deciding what to do. The Redmond-based company announced on Friday, that Windows 10 will be free for all of those who participate in the Insider Program for Windows 10.
However, showing its stealth skills Microsoft has changed some key wording in the blog post. Previously, the post stated that Insider Program Members will “receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated.” After the a few changes, it now says they will “receive the Windows 10 final release build.”
On top of that, Microsoft added a clarifying sentence:
It’s important to note that only people running Genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 as part of the free upgrade offer.
This means that users coming from Windows 7 and 8.1 are the only one getting the update, which is in-line with Microsoft’s previous announcement.
Moreover, Microsoft confirmed that those with a pre-release build of Windows 10 (with a registered MSA) would remain activated on the final build of Win 10.
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From the looks of it, without making the entire process above board, MS is allowing individuals to upgrade to Windows 10. However, the wording in the blog post implies that businesses and OEMs will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free but it won’t be officially sanctioned by Microsoft.
Meaning they will still have to pay for a full-fledged upgrade to Windows 10, which is not surprising as Windows makes most of its revenue from such means.