Microsoft’s just getting things started with its Windows 10 event today, and while the company has lots of interesting announcements coming up (already teasing what sound like two new device types for a little later on), one of the early tidbits to emerge concerns an issue that’s of key importance to anyone with an existing Windows device: what’s the upgrade situation going to look like?
We already knew that Windows Phone 8.1-running Lumias would be seeing the release of updates to Windows 10, but that’s just a fraction of the device types that will make up the Windows 10 ecosystem: what about PCs?
In the past, users upgrading from one major Windows release to another had to pay for a new license. For Windows 10, Microsoft is trying something all new, giving PC users the chance to upgrade for free.
We’re not just talking Windows 8.1 users, either; for the first year that Windows 10 is available, users of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
Once they take that step, things will keep getting better, and they’ll be locked-in to ongoing Windows 10 updates for the life of the device.