Microsoft is kicking off their year early with an in-depth, brand new look at Windows 10 at an exclusive event tonight. Many have believed for years that Microsoft should shift their business model to a more Service based enterprise, monetizing applications rather than the Windows platform altogether. Well they’re finally agreeing.
Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to anyone on Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Phone 8.1 for a year after launch. They hope this will encourage everyone to upgrade to their new operating system, which will be identical across all of their devices.
It also gives consumers some time to check out the operating system for a whole year without any real risk. Windows 10 is bringing with it a host of new UI features, including the true return of the Start button, as well as a new Internet Explorer, Cortana and universal app support for all Windows devices. That’s including the Xbox One.
At the time of writing, Microsoft has yet to announce a release date for Windows 10.
Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 will not be an annual subscription based OS. If you upgrade during the free year, Windows 10 and all updates will remain yours for absolutely nothing extra.
Last Updated: January 21, 2015