Windows 10 free for Windows 7, 8.1 users for first year

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The free upgrade offer will be available for the first year of Windows 10's launch for all Windows 7, 8.1, and Phone 8.1 machines and devices
WINDOWS 10. Screen shot from Windows 10 website.

MANILA, Philippines – Microsoft announced Wednesday, January 21 (January 22, Manila time), that it will be offering a free upgrade to the Windows 10 operating system (OS) for the first year of availability once Windows 10 launches.

This offer will be available to existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, as well as those who use Windows Phone 8.1.

According to Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems Group, “Once a device is upgraded to Windows 10, we’ll be keeping it current for the supported lifetime of the device.”

Myerson added, “With Windows 10, we think of Windows as a service… The question ‘what version are you running’ will cease to make sense.”

Ars Technica notes this as a first for Microsoft. The company has previously offered discounts for Windows OS upgrades, but has not made them available for free. Apple, comparatively, has offered free upgrades for years. –

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