Windows 10 will be a paid upgrade after the first year: Microsoft confirms
Microsoft will offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users.
You are probably already aware of this announcement, from the Redmond company, from the conference in January 2015.
The free upgrade offer is only valid for the first year from the date Windows 10 is launched. All devices, which upgrade within the given time period will receive Windows Updates for the lifetime of the device.
But what about when the free upgrade offer expires? Will Windows 1o be a paid upgrade after 12 months since the OS’ launch?
There has been no information regarding this, until now. Microsoft has officially confirmed that Windows 10 will be a paid upgrade after the first year. There was no announcement about this news from the Redmond company directly, but one of Microsoft’s Partners, reveals the upgrade path of Windows 10 at the MSDN Partner Network Blog.
This is what the statement at the MSDN reads:
Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the first year. After the first year, upgrades will be paid via boxed product and VL Upgrades.
(VL = Volume Licensing, i.e for commercial use)
The page at MSDN, also explains which editions of Windows 10 are eligible for the free upgrade offer.
Windows 7 Home Basic/Premium and Windows8/8.1 will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home. And, Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate and Windows 8/8.1 Pro will be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro.
Windows Enterprise and RT will not be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10. Enterprise editions will require a Volume License upgrade.
Microsoft will offer the free Windows 10 upgrade to eligible devices, via Windows Update. Neowin notes that Windows XP, Vista users will get a notification, offering a paid upgrade for Windows 10.
There is still no word, on how much a new boxed product license for Windows 10 will cost. Microsoft is also yet to announce how much the Windows 10 upgrade will cost, after the free upgrade period of one year. Interestingly, the page at MSDN just says boxed product, and does not mention anything about a Digital edition of Windows 10.
Windows 10 will hit RTM in July, and could be set for a final release in late July-August. Windows 10 Insiders will require a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 license, to upgrade from the Insider Preview to the RTM release.
The Windows Insider Program will continue to be supported, even beyond the release of Windows 10. Microsoft is hoping to rely on user feedback to add/remove features from its OS. Windows 10 is also the last version of Windows, as Microsoft has announced that it is shifting to support “Windows as a service”. The Redmond company will continue supporting its operating system through regular Windows updates, instead of major OS releases.