In introducing its next operating system, Windows 10, Microsoft had a vision to have its newest OS running on 1 billion devices in three years time by giving it away free of charge. But it appears that it may not be exactly for free.
The company recently announced that it will begin deploying Windows 10 starting on July 29th of this year. Microsoft further stated that it will offered as a free upgrade for all users who own PC and tablet devices that run on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. As reported by NetMarketShare, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 run on 74.1 of all PC devices.
As for other users -- well, they can have Windows 10 at the same price as its predecessor, Windows 8. A licensed copy of Windows 10 Home will be priced at $119, while a licensed copy of Windows 10 Pro will be priced at $199. Consumers who want to upgrade from the Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro can get the Windows 10 Pro Pack, which will cost $99.
When it first introduced Windows 10 back in January earlier this year, Microsoft may have given the overall impression that it was offering the OS as a free upgrade. But it should be noted that the company was also stating that it would only offer the free upgrade for one year, that is until July 29th of next year. Microsoft also stated that the prices of each license would remain about the same as older releases. Based on that, consumers can probably expect future versions of Windows to not really be available for free.
According to Microsoft, Windows 10 will be made available for purchase online and in its stores. As for those who qualify for the free upgrade, the Windows 10 license they get will depend on which software they are currently using. For example, those with Windows 7 Home will get Windows 10 Home, while those with Windows 8.1 Pro will get Windows 10 Pro.
Those who are looking forward to getting Windows 10 Mobile, they may have to exercise a little patience. Microsoft is expected to launch this Windows 10 for smartphones and tablets later this year.
With Windows 10, Microsoft is looking to bounce back from the less than stellar sales performance of its Windows 8 release. Also, it represents a renewed effort by the company to become a more competitive player in the mobile industry, which has since been ruled by Google's Android and Apple's iOS.
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