Can Windows 10 be Free Forever?

Posted 2 years ago

Self PortraitCody Helscel
Blog writer & Web developer

Since the official release of Windows 10 on July 29 this year, millions of devices have upgraded to Windows 10. It is free for a year, but what happens to the free upgrade when July 29, 2016 (estimated) rolls around? Let’s have a look.


In a post on the Australian Partner Network, Microsoft officially stated Windows 10 will not be free after one year. A Windows product marketing manager stated the following:

"Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the first year. After the first year, upgrades will be paid via boxed product and VL Upgrades."

It is unknown how much Microsoft intends to charge, but we can be sure it will be based on a subscription plan. We don’t know if Microsoft will offer non-subscription software like always, but I doubt it.

Since Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade on legitimately licensed, qualified Windows computers, Windows 10 still costs if you’re building a new PC.
Microsoft is in a quest to bring Windows 10 to over one billion devices. Could this quest hinder or help Microsoft’s decision for how much they charge and whether or not it’s subscription-only?

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