Windows 10 release is said to be officially available sometime during the middle of 2015, most likely at the Build conference. Windows 7 users are those that Microsoft is targeting the most, since they currently represent the biggest share.
Recently, at the TechEd Europe conference in Barcelona, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore presented the new Windows 10 Technical Preview and talked about its main features. But he also spoke about some important details which concern Windows 7 users who want to make the jump to Windows 10.
The Microsoft executive said that users running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 on their computers will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 straight from within their operating system. While Belifore didn’t specifically say this is going to be done through Windows Update, it’s obviously the single solution at disposal.
Right, Windows 7 users who want to download and install Windows 10 TP can do it automatically with a patch shipped through Windows Update. What Belfiore didn’t mention is the price for the upgrade, and we’ll probably have to wait a few more months until more information gets spilled about this.
What we can almost safely assume is that Windows 8.1 users will get it for free, since there aren’t really so many updates that make it as a standalone operating system worth paying a lot for.
As for Windows 7, if you ask me, I think Microsoft will be wise to make Windows 10 available for something around $20 or $30. This will instantly turn into a cash cow and will stimulate users to upgrade.