Microsoft will soon end Windows 10 free upgrades

| Technology

Windows 10 has already been a huge success, at least compared to the disaster that was Windows 8.

Back in 2012, two years after the release of Windows 8, Microsoft only managed 200 million Windows 8 installs (or licenses).

Microsoft has just announced that less than a year after the release of Windows 10, they have already seen 300 million downloads of their operating system which is 30 million more since March 2016.

But despite the success of Windows 10, Microsoft has announced that the first ever free-upgrade for a Microsoft operating system will soon come to an end.

Currently, anyone with either Windows 7 or higher installed is able to download Windows 10 for free; however as of July 29th 2016, if you haven’t installed the new software already you will have to pay $119 to install Windows 10 Home.

However, if you download Windows 10 before July 29th, you will get all future updates for free.

Microsoft also posted a video offering 10 reasons why you should upgrade to Windows 10. Here is the video if you need some persuading -

Microsoft announced this on their blog along with a number of other Windows-related stats such as:

  • Over 63 billion minutes were spent on Microsoft Edge in March alone, with 50% growth in minutes since the last quarter.
  • Cortana, the personal digital assistant in Windows 10, has helped answer over 6 billion questions since launch.

Microsoft didn’t reveal the usage number for Edge though, and according to StatCounter it doesn’t even list on its Browser market share report. This means that it only controls a very small portion of the browser market share and hasn’t been as successful as Windows 10.  

Luke Stanley