Windows will be a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices

Windows 10 will come as a free upgrade for everyone wishing to migrate from Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft broke the good news at its Windows 10 event.

The free update program is available in the first year, allowing millions of customers - those using desktops, laptops, as well as smartphones and tablets - make the switch to the newest Windows release.

Windows head Terry Myerson is up on the Microsoft stage calling this 'a monumental day for Windows'. "Windows 10 is so much more than the latest version of Windows. Windows 10 changes the rules of the game," Myerson added. 

Even better, Microsoft promises that once a device gets upgraded to Windows 10, the company will keep it up to date for the supported lifetime of the device.

This is big news not only for consumers, but for developers as well. Programmers can now target every single Windows device rather than having to write separate software for traditional Windows and Windows Phone.

"One can think of Windows as one of the largest internet services on the planet," Myerson concluded.

source: Microsoft
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1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

hmm I guess I will give it a shot


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

There seems to be just one teeny weeny says free for the 1st year. sounds like a hidden clause to charge you to use it the year after. One you upgrade no backsies....rofl What's the deal with this PA? Will there be a charge after a year of usage, and if so how much will the upgrade cost? I will upgrade regardless BTW.

11. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

Does not seem so. They said that you have 1 year to upgrade for free, but I don't think they will charge you for using it after that. It's just that those who have not upgraded within 1 year, might need to pay to upgrade.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Well I will get a few upgrades, and I will probably buy one also for my next HTPC build. I was hoping what you said would be the case but you never know. I upgraded to Win 8 fro 39.00, and Win 7 for like 69.00.

24. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Well, the last sentence of the article seems pretty clear to me... Windows as a service means... Subscription. Just like office 365... Windows will become a service that you will pay each year Of course, as long as you pay you will get upgrades. It remains to be seen what happens when you stop paying: will you still be able to use your existing copy?

29. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Wow...great catch, think I really have to to think about this..humm

33. mikafin

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 21, 2015

If you look at the picture on the article it says: visit for more information. On that site it says: You will get the full version of the OS AND a lifetime support for it for FREE. No subscription fees or anything. :D So if you just upgrade your PC within a year you'll get it totally free.

21. tim7pro

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 21, 2015

i have win 7 pro not sure i will give it up unless i can downgrade

43. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

or just do a copy of your hd to a partition and run it as a dual boot. I have 3 os's right now on my machine, though i only use win10 since it doesnt crash even in tech preview so far.

2. stocklee unregistered

Free? wow nice :)

3. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014


4. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

What does it mean "for the first year"???

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

That after the first year, you will probably have pay an annual subscription fee.

8. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

No , that after the first year if you want to change from 7 or 8/8.1 to 10 you will have to pay for the license..

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Typical Microsoft. Typical..

16. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

At least they give us something! If not forever, then a year is way enough for everyone to goddamn upgrade their OS's. Otherwise, you are a goddamn slowpoke.

18. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

NOOOOO, I didn't look at which person you we're replying! Sorry Smurf. >.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Same as the cheap temporarily upgrade from 7 to Windows 8 back then. Only during that time the offer stands. If you upgrade after that period, it's the full amount of money. But during the upgrade, you get a new key with which you can always reinstall your pc, even after the cheap/free upgrade period has expired.

6. zeljonsu

Posts: 22; Member since: May 24, 2012

it'll be free for a year. if you failed to upgrade after a year, you'll have to pay for it... :D

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Still need to wait for reviews, if no show stopping bug i see myself upgrading.

14. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

Running the preview version on a laptop at work and it's really nice. Actually can see this being rolled out at work at somepoint, which we would never ever consider with 8/8.1 cause of crappy the interface was. Windows 10 is truly like what Windows 8 should have been. A nice upgrade from 7 IMO.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No show stopping bug on my windows 10 pc tech preview. Running on hardware that is now something like 6yrs + old.

41. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Thanks for all the feedback.

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Oh wait i did just find one. The latest version of blender 3d modeling program crashes upon startup, the previous build however is stable so far no crashing. I use this daily so yes this is big for me, but hasnt stopped me either.

7. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

If you don't upgrade in the first year, you'll have to pay some $$$ afterwards.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Hehe, free rent for a year, then on the hook like office, yearly.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nope, no annual subscription (only for the Office 365 they now provide for free for one year). But not for Windows.

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Gotcha, that's better. That's a doable thing,just didn't sound like that at first.

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I must admit I am in doubt a little, because there are rumors certain features only work with a subscription. Like the GUI would be a subscription feature only. But those are based on rumors.

22. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Wow, great news! I might give it a shot (Win7 user).So, when will they release it?

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