Next version of Windows will likely be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users

Next version of Windows will likely be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users
In practical terms, Windows 8 was the evolution of an operating system looking for a problem to solve. On the desktop, Microsoft had no problems getting people to buy-in to upgrading from Vista to Windows 7.

Windows 8 was not received as well though, despite its aim to be more form factor agnostic, with optimizations that favored either desktop or tablet, some of the features that traditional users regarded as a mainstay, such as the Start Menu, went AWOL.

During Build 2014, Microsoft said that the Start Menu would be coming back for those that used the desktop, and it would incorporate the Live Tiles that can also be harnessed via the now established Start Screen.  The next generation of Windows is also expected to bring Cortana into the environment, support for multiple and separate desktops, and a notification center, among other features.

Shortly after the debut of Windows 8, Microsoft confirmed that the update to Windows 8.1 would not cost anything to the early adopters. It looks as though the update to Windows 9, or whatever it ends up being called, will also not cost existing users of Windows 8 anything.

That is based on comments made by the president of Microsoft Indonesia, Andreas Diantoro to a local online news outlet. What is not known is if Microsoft will be sweetening the pot get people to ditch Windows XP, now four generations old, and now no longer supported.

We will learn more about the next generation of Windows, and the new features it brings to the desktop and tablet, on September 30th.

source: PCWorld

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39 Comments

1. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

This should be good.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7521; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow, What a concept. A free upgrade to the next version of the Operating system. That is so new. No one has ever done anything like this before. Maybe Microsoft should do this all the time. Considering the entire history of Microsoft has always been to charge for everything, including if you talk to anyone at Microsoft. "Okay sir/madam have you got your credit card ready so we can take care of your question"

32. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You mad bro lol.

38. iKamalkandel

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

I think you dont know about MacBook and Macintosh. Little knowledge is dangerous. Even androids and iOS are free updates.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Not bad. I don't have too many complaints about Windows 8.1, but I'll take the free update...

4. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Win 8.1 is great. Hoping 9 will also be the same :)

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, Also Windows 9 brings back the classic start menu, which basically the only complaint for Window 8/8.1 But personally I'd already stopped using the start menu on Windows 7, I just pinned apps to the taskbar, like on Mac OS X's dock, quicker than the start menu IMO

18. Rager722 unregistered

Isnt the start menu what causes all of the viruses?

23. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

hahaha uh, a simple menu cannont cause a virus. the end USER is what causes ALL virues. so to answer your question, not in the slightest. I've been using 8/8.1 since they both hit the market. NO viruses. Granted I know what I'm doing. I'm not click happy, and I know what porn sites and embadded ads to avoid haha. viruses can only be blamed on the people who make them, and the users naive enough to fall into their trap or fraud. Not to mention ALL windows 7 pcs and later come loaded with Windows Defender. You can opt to put another form of protection on there, but Defender does fine for me.

3. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Hopefully windows 9 will be the new windows 7

9. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That's exactly what MS is hoping.. And considering that MS I rumored to be making this the all time last version of Windows they are probably hoping for a more XP like success with it... .......... But, by now we all know that MS's ultimate plan to merge all windows platforms is a sneaky, but ingenious, way to increase WP, Windows RT, and PC market share literally over night... By combining all platforms into a single MS, by terms of a single OS, developers have no choice but to jump on board... OEM's have no choice but to jump on board.. This is obviously MS's plan, and it's a really good one.. .......... To be honest, the WP store is currently light years ahead of the WRTPC store.. That's about to change really fast.. This is why I have faith in Windows(Only one now), and can see the future being really bright..

14. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

excellent post

16. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

i know right?....i have one complaint with win 8 that is as a gamer,it lacks compatibility in alot of ways against win 7.......many gamers reverted back to win 7 due to this issue(i also wish full screen DOS compatibility is back as on XP...... i like to play my childhood games sometimes which were on DOS)

5. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wow, I might actually buy Windows for computer if this was true. Been always p.. I mean, use the pre installed Windows on my laptops.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Always before the launch of a new Windows OS there rumors of free upgrade but in history which major release is free. XP -> Vista? Vista -> Win 7? Win 7 -> Win 8? So Win 8 -> Win 9 I will believe it when i see it.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Same here. Would be nice tho. But I'm happy with Win 7.

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Finally, Microsoft is charging what Windows is worth.

19. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Remember that Android is also free. Can the same comment be applicable for Android too?

33. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Hes a troll, his type usually comments without thinking.

24. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Linux anyone? Android OS...? oh ok.

36. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Why are you hiding?

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I can't wait!!!! Can't wait for WP9.0 either.. What a tight ecosystem Windows has become.

11. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I believe they will call it Windows 9. Also , i agree one across all device is a good idea.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Great! Microsoft should've done this long time ago instead of forcing us Windows users to waste $50 for the CD to upgrade to newer Windows.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

39.99 for me no cd, and no tax either. That has worked now since its launch, and i dont see why they wouldnt sell it. Apple makes money off hardware, Chrome off selling your data, Windows - selling software. So who cares really...

27. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, I hope I could get the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 9 for free. I kept Windows 7 on my lappy coz I didn't liked the tiles of Windows 8.

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

As a Win 7 user (love it!), I hope MS brings back the Aero design language, Metro was one of the most disliked thing in win 8.

17. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Not most disliked ; not well received.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I wish our work had metro, the desktop and start menu are literally worthless here.

34. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

People only dislike something when MS does it, Google and Apple looking like Metro lite just shows the hypocrisy.

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