Wednesday, January 21st 2015

Windows 10 to be Free Upgrade for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Users

In what could be a fundamental shift in how Microsoft monetizes its flagship product, the Windows operating system, the company decided to offer its upcoming Windows 10 as a free upgrade for existing users of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. This offer will be applicable only for the first year following Windows 10 launch (after which, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users will have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10). Windows 10 will see the return of the Start Menu, a productive Desktop environment, and cutting-edge new API features such as DirectX 12.
Source: The Verge
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116 Comments on Windows 10 to be Free Upgrade for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Users

#101
64K
Caring1
I'm suspicious of anything that sounds too good to be true.
I'm waiting to read about the bait and switch tactics after people "upgrade", only to find out later Microsoft tells them, oops we forgot to mention it is a subscription service now, you have to pay us if you want to continue using it.
If this really is the last version of Windows for PCs then MS will have to keep a small staff working on security updates and such for years and years so they would need to recoup that expense somehow. Possibly by making it a yearly subscription like they are doing with Office 365. We switched over to 365 now at work and it's free to use by every employee on their home computers also which is cool though I'm not sure if we are paying extra for that. The way I look at it is it's better to have a small subscription fee than MS making Win 10 a walled garden as Gabe Newell feared they would at one time.
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#102
Arjai
Hmmmm. I dislike Metro. Love 8.1.

What does 10 do for me that 8.1 doesn't? Will it make my SSD Ultrabook faster? Will it Crunch better( 8.1 is a better cruncher than 7 was)?

Will I have to put tape over my Camera? :roll:
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#103
AsRock
TPU addict
Arjai
Hmmmm. I dislike Metro. Love 8.1.

What does 10 do for me that 8.1 doesn't? Will it make my SSD Ultrabook faster? Will it Crunch better( 8.1 is a better cruncher than 7 was)?

Will I have to put tape over my Camera? :roll:
Why not just disable the camera in the Device manager if it that much a issue ?.
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#104
Caring1
I think the joke is the website on the screen with the band aid over the cam.
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#105
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Hacking webcams is a thing, putting a piece of tape over them is a good solution if you're not into computers.
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#106
Laurijan
Hi!

I wonder is i have win7 sp1 can i then download win10 technical preview thru windows update and keep it till win10 is released to the masses and it transforms to RTM then?
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#107
johnspack
Here For Good!
I would assume so. I may actually upgrade finally. For me, win 8/8.1 is banished to virtual machines. I can actually get to the control panel right away under win10, and programs. That's called productivity.
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#108
Uplink10
johnspack
I would assume so. I may actually upgrade finally. For me, win 8/8.1 is banished to virtual machines. I can actually get to the control panel right away under win10, and programs. That's called productivity.
Windows 8.1 also has that feature, I imagine it is the same as in Windows 10. You right click start button and context menu pops out with Control Panel option among other.
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#109
Prima.Vera
Caring1
I'm suspicious of anything that sounds too good to be true.
I'm waiting to read about the bait and switch tactics after people "upgrade", only to find out later Microsoft tells them, oops we forgot to mention it is a subscription service now, you have to pay us if you want to continue using it.
I could have swear that I saw those rumors somewhere else too... I also fear that.
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#110
Uplink10
They know they can't do that, at least not to Enterprise users.
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#111
DinaAngel
I can't wait for games to support dx12 gonna be soo sweet!
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#112
Uplink10
DinaAngel
I can't wait for games to support dx12 gonna be soo sweet!
Too bad publishers will not commission developers to update their old games to DX12, I would love to see Skyrim and Crysis series in DX12.
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#113
R-T-B
Uplink10
They know they can't do that, at least not to Enterprise users.
It's far more likely Windows Update will become a subscription service than the OS itself.
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#114
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
On most computers, Windows come preinstalled and is licensed to keep going until the end of the life of the machine. Alternatively, people will be able to buy retail licenses of the operating system which are lifetime of the user. This is not changed, at all, from Windows 7/8.

The only difference is that Windows 10 will be offered as an in-place upgrade for Windows 7/8 users for 1 year without additional cost. What isn't clear is if people whom upgraded are expected to pay something after that 1 year elapses. If there is a subscription service, that's where it stems from. Solution is simple: buy a user/machine license for the computer and you're out of that potential subscription service model.

Most likely, though, this isn't true at all. The free upgrade option likely is tied to the machine and that license goes to the end of the life of the machine. Microsoft's aim with this free offer is try to stop Windows 7 from becoming the new Windows XP and to ratify complaints and customer frustrations with Windows 8.1. They're hitting two birds with one stone which saves them money in the long run because they can kick Windows 7 to the curb as planned and they don't have to test and publish a Windows 8.2 update.

People who reinstall Windows frequently will not see much use in the free upgrade offer though. I suspect the free upgrade offer also doesn't work on systems that have been wiped clean (Windows 7 SP1/8.1 must exist already on the machine). This option is great for the rank and file computer users but probably not so much to the techie types. We're better off just buying the System Builder license like we usually do.
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#115
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Honestly, we'll have the best answer when it is released, and people that aren't upgradeable buy W10.
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#116
D007
Maybe I'll upgrade this time.. Still on 7.
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