Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade, within the first year of release, for users who are running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1.
Free Upgrade Offer
Great news! 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!* And even better: 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. Sign up with your email today, and we will send you more information about Windows 10 and the upgrade offer in the coming months.
The Fine Print
*It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.
Frequently Asked Questions
After I upgrade for free in the first year, do I have to pay after the first year?
No. The promotional offer expires after the first year. The promotional offer is a free upgrade to Windows 10.
Is Windows 10 subscription based?
No. Microsoft clarified what they meant by “Windows ‘as a service'” in the consumer preview event. Windows 10 will still be licensed per device.