Those who are excited for Microsoft’s Windows 10 will be disappointed to know that certain users will be receiving the latest software free of charge. If you are upgrading from Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or were apart of the Insider Preview build team, be prepared to receive Windows 10 without so much as paying a penny. For everyone else, be prepared to pay $199
Now, there were concerns for people who were apart of the Insider team. Rumor had it that they wouldn’t be receiving the free software and would have to pay the $199. However, here’s what Digital Trends has to say about the matter. The site would go on to say, “As of now, each install of Windows 10 Insider Preview is accompanied with an automatic registration to the program. When Windows 10 launches, however, this process will change.” Don’t be alarmed by this, you still have time before the launch day.
And for those who didn’t download the previous Windows software (legitimately), WinBeta says that Microsoft is prepared to stop illegal downloads. They reported that, “Microsoft specifically mentions the requirement of having a Microsoft Account registered as an Insider to remain activated. So those who want Windows 10 for free without wanting to be part of the Insider Program or have a Microsoft Account synced to their PC will have to miss out, or upgrade legitimately from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.”
Now, what should Windows customers expect from Windows 10? According to the Microsoft website, “Windows 10 is so familiar and easy to use, you’ll feel like an expert. ” The Start button will make a huge comeback, especially with your favorite/pinned apps being right where you want them. At the same time, Microsoft will be debuting their new search engine, Microsoft Edge, where users can utilize Cortana to help them research topics. But the biggest feature of them all, is how Windows 10 will impact gaming. You’ll be able to stream from your console to your computer in seconds.
With the software still on track for it’s July release, it’ll be interesting to see if customers will take advantage of this opportunity. What are your thoughts on this?