Microsoft is currently presenting Windows 10, and they unveiled that it will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users (and for Windows Phone 8.1 users).
Beyond this, Myerson shared Microsoft’s vision for Windows as a service, not just an operating system. A big part of that is Microsoft’s new commitment to keep devices consistently updated throughout the “supported lifetime for the device.” It sounds like that means those upgrading from Microsoft’s older versions of Windows will consistently receive updates to keep it as up-to-date as possible. Myerson noted that this will let developer “target every single Windows device” when they build apps – anything that makes it easier for developers to reach more users will certainly be appreciated by both the developer community as well as end users.
Sounds good to me. The idea of big, monolithic releases is archaic.
That’s excellent news. It’s also further evidence of the growing distance between Nadella’s vision for Microsoft and that of Ballmer and Gates.
And Cortana on the desktop? Yes, please!
Edited 2015-01-21 18:04 UTC
Maybe free for the first year, but that “service” won’t be free after that. Comparisons to Apple’s model don’t wash. Apple makes money from selling hardware. Microsoft makes their money selling software. They can afford to give it away for a year to get everyone hooked, but then the annual/monthly payments start. I am not saying their software/service isn’t worth money, I just don’t want to make perpetual payments. Once you have all your “stuff” in Microsoft’s camp it will be very hard to get out.