Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced yesterday that Windows 10, the operating system that serves as the nexus for the company’s cross-platform future, will release in July.
Microsoft has laid out a hefty trajectory for the new OS: in three years they expect Windows 10 to be running on 1 billion devices.
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To kickstart this ambitious plan, the company offers free upgrades to existing users who run Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 on their tablets and PC’s. “Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device,” Microsoft affirms.
That only catch is that you have to own a genuine version of Windows–that means no freebies for pirates. For everyone not eligible for the free upgrades, the Windows 10 price tag will be quite familiar.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 licenses will have the same pricing structure as Windows 8; Windows 10 Home costs $120, with the premium version, Windows 10 Pro, priced at $199.
An upgrade from Home to Pro will be available in a Windows 10 Pro Pack that retails for $99.
Users will have a full year to take advantage of the free upgrade plan, and the promotion is set to end on June 29, 2016.
Additionally which free version of Windows 10 you’re eligible for depends on which edition you currently own. If you own Windows 7 Home, you’ll be granted access to Windows 10 Home; if you have Windows 8.1 Pro, you’ll get Windows 10 Pro.
Check Microsoft’s handy FAQ for more info.
Microsoft has already begun the process to allow select Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users to reserve their free upgrade, so be sure to check your device ASAP.