Microsoft to Release Windows 10 as a Free Upgrade
Here’s a gift horse you’re going to want to look in the mouth.
Microsoft is holding an event today for Windows 10, and they just revealed that Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade when it launches later this year. Any one who is running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows Phone 8.1 will have the option to install Windows 10 for free any time in the first year after Windows 10 is launched.
That sounds like a great offer, so I would bet I am not the only one wondering what the catch is. Microsoft makes a pretty penny off of upgrade and license fees, so we need to understand why they’re willing to give it up.
Do they have some other plan to extract pay per use fees from Windows 10 users? Microsoft has said that they think of Windows as a service (as opposed to an app) so it’s not out of the question.
Or is just that Microsoft wants to fight that the conventional wisdom that one doesn’t upgrade to a new version of Windows until after the first service pack?
Whatever Microsoft is planning, I plan to avoid Windows 10 for the near future. I just got a new laptop with Windows 7, and it should be good enough to last me the next 3 to 5 years. With luck I’ll be able to avoid the inevitable teething problems that Windows 10 will bring.