Microsoft: Windows 10 will be free for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users for 1 year after launch

Microsoft has announced that all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 for the first year of its launch. Sorry XP and Vista users you most likely will have to purchase a new machine. This is a good move by Microsoft to show that they are willing to admit that the Windows 8 release was a disaster and it is time to move on.

As always, Microsoft claims on numbers is very loose but they claim that over 650 million people have upgraded to Windows 7 SP1 and 200 million people updated to Windows 8.1 Update which means that they’ll be getting Windows 10 for free.

The Windows 10 release will be a big effort to indicate to the world that the desktop is not dead but quite honestly if you are using an OS such as XP or Vista, you will have to purchase a new machine to handle the Windows 10, do not attempt to upgrade unless you love feeling pain. Most of the hardware on these types of machines will not work with the latest 10.

To this day I still think it is so silly that Windows 9 was not even considered because of the Ballmer mistake which is not the first one but it was the last one that he made (unless you are thinking the LA Clippers are not worth that much money!).