Microsoft announced its Windows 10 upgrade plans on Wednesday, saying the new operating system would be free for the first year.
At its Windows 10 launch event, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, shared the news, saying the free upgrade would apply to all devices currently running Windows 7, Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8 or 8.1. Including Windows 7 in the plan is a clever strategy, providing users of that older software an incentive to upgrade, which gets more people on a current version of the desktop operating system.
Final upgrade details weren’t clarified; we don’t yet know how or when people can update their devices yet, for example.
Regardless, the lack of cost should boost upgrade participation and will help [company]Microsoft[/company] better support its large user base by reducing what Myerson calls fragmentation between the various versions. This approach will also let developers create apps targeted for various devices that run Windows 10, including phones, tablets, the Xbox One, laptops and computers.
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