In a recent article -- "How much would a Windows 10 subscription cost?
" -- I took a look at the history of Windows pricing and speculated what a Windows 10 subscription might look like. At that time, I was working on the notion that when Windows 10 was released, we would be expected to pay the rental fee in order to get our hands on a copy of the new operating system. However, now we know that we're going to be able to get a copy of Windows 10 for free. More specifically, on a recent Blogging Windows post, titled "The next generation of Windows: Windows 10
," Terry Myerson stated:
"We announced that a free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch.*"
He then went on to say:
"This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device - at no cost."