Industry News: You Can Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free This Fall!

by Scott Olson, on Feb, 2, 2015

Microsoft recently announced that they will be allowing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free this fall. They normally charge around $100 for customers to upgrade to their newest operating system, so this a pretty big step for the technology giant.


On their Windows website, Microsoft says:

“We will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year!  [...] once a qualified Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it up to date for the supported lifetime of the device, keeping it more secure, and introducing new features and functionality over time – for no additional charge.”

The upgrade itself won’t affect Modus users. Our app will work great on Windows 10, and we’ll be making any necessary immediate changes to make sure that it functions optimally. There are some important reasons why Modus users should care about this unprecedented decision:

1. If you are already using a Windows operating system this is excellent news. This free upgrade shows that Microsoft is serious about their vision of a two-in-one type of hardware solution -- like the Surface Pro, which functions as both a laptop and a tablet. This kind of news reinforces our commitment to our own Windows app because Microsoft is showing appreciation for their users.

2. This renewed commitment by Microsoft illustrates that they are ready to step up and be a serious contender in the tablet market. If your IT department favors Windows, especially if you’re using PCs for laptops, this could potentially mean switching from an iPad to a Windows tablet. They’ll have the added benefit of working with a device that’s more familiar and uses the same operating system as your laptops, streamlining all necessary devices within the organization.

This is a pretty big step for Microsoft; many are saying that they’re taking a page from Apple’s playbook by offering a free update. Whatever the reason, this free upgrade to Windows 10 is getting noticed. Don’t be surprised if you see an influx of Windows apps in the months to come!

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