Windows 10 will be a free upgrade

We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10.” Windows operating systems chief Terry Myerson told Reuters on Wednesday Mar 18. The plan is to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he said, without elaboration. Hundreds of millions of users in the country are running a pirated version of Windows; with this move, Myerson says, Microsoft plans to “re-engage” those users.

Myerson said Windows 10 would be released globally sometime “this summer“. That is the first time Microsoft has put a time frame on the release, although it has been expected in autumn, based on Microsoft’s release history.

“Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows. We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies.”

The catch is that Windows 10 will be free for the first year; after that, users will need to pay.

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