Microsoft just announced that Halo-born AI Cortana will run on Windows 10.
Nice, a gentler and kinder MS these day. Just giving away their OS for free (i.e. people who already own Win 8). None the less that is pretty awesome.
there giving u a year free,so it looks like its gonna be a subscription service to win10.
/headslap They are giving the OS away for free to users of win 8 and win for a year. After the first year the OS will then go to a normal purchase model. So those that upgrade within the first year will have it free FOR LIFE, not for a year. try to understand what was being said instead of spreading rubbish
Was clarified, it will not be a subscription service. http://www.pcgamer.com/micr...
* I've had zero problems with Windows 8.1 and I have it on my PC now for 2 years. * I've yet to experience any of the problems people talk about and it actually runs EVERY game I've played smoothly and efficiently. It starts up quick, don't even need to mess with the apps BS...I just load up start screen and it's good. * As far as I can tell, at least 50% of the Windows 8.1 stuff is just made up nonsense that doesn't even occur in reality. * Fact is, Windows 8.1 runs games smoother than Windows 7. Super whiners don't want to accept that because THEIR OS is Windows 7....They hate on what they don't have, and don't do research. * Windows 10 being a Free upgrade is an awesome bonus for both 7&8 users as it gives everyone a chance to upgrade to the same OS at the same time, and all be using the same system. * I'm guessing this will help dev's in the future who know MOST will be using Windows 10..( if that applies at all).
Windows 8 is horribly designed interface and Windows 7 is a better OS for desktop users. Windows 10 so far has been a much better experience than 7 and 8. I wonder if Windows 10 testers will get the final version for free, at least I hope I do so I don't have to install 8 again.
@3-4-5 I agree completely. I have not had one major issue with with Windows 8/8.1 and I have it on 5 devices.
The issue is Windows 8, you stay on that garbage, I'm moving to win 10 as soon as possible.
Call me cynical, but MS doesn't do that kind of stuff unless they have a reason. They want people to be using Win10, and the best way to get people to upgrade is to give it away for free. I hate to say it, and again, I'm being cynical, but there is something involved with this whole integration of devices thing that MS has to get people on board with that they aren't telling people about that will probably not go over well with the general users of Windows. The only thing that I can think of off the top of my head is that they are going to go into a massive push to promote their live ecosystem to make it into something more akin to Apple's approach to software distribution while they lock up the users into something they don't want to give up due to their investment involved with it. It's not all evil or anything to do such a thing, nor do I wish people to read my comment that way, but it isn't something MS does unless they see a huge potential gain in the long term.
I agree, it's a business and I think that is exactly what they are trying to do. I never meant for my comment to appear as if MS is doing this out of the kindness of their heart. They want their users in a unified ecosystem like you stated, they are going the Apple and Google route. They are just making that transition a lot more accessible to their users, as to what they would have done three or four years ago.
I didn't think you were being fanboyish. I didn't mean to imply that. Just making conversation. I missed the conference due to work, and so far the only thing I haven't been able to ascertain is if they are going with a subscription model for Win10 or not. There is a lot of speculation and assumption on both sides to make it hard to determine with the few minutes I've had to look into it. There's also the fact there is speculation on what exactly the paid service is for, and what happens if you don't pay. I'm looking for quotes directly from MS right now, but google can be a cruel mistress on hot topics giving you a lot of fluff in the process. I'm trying not to have a knee-jerk reaction to the possibility of a sub service though. If anything I hope they make a one time version available(assuming it's a sub model)...particularly since I get those free from MSDN anyhow.:) If it's a sub model though, then that's why they'd be pushing it for free for win7/8 users. Long term gain from that would be huge. If it's available to use free after the year is up, then awesome. I can live with the Live(not XBL specifically...there is a difference) ecosystem myself, it's not terrible, although I find it rather useless for the way I use computing devices outside of hotmail. Overall, Ms has been pushing this integration thing for a while. They kind of failed at it with Metro IMO, but the premise is sound, and honestly, long overdue on MS devices/OS's. Google tries but doesn't have the big OS to back it up, and Apple tries but is too costly to be worth the effort of their restrictive policies in general. MS may be able to strike a nice balance there, as they generally don't overprice their consumer OS's or products, and for all their faults they do have wonderful integration in their productivity products overall.
I have an over 5 years old laptop and I was thinking about changing. I'm not going to make the same mistake I did with my current one, when I bought it with Vista, and Win7 was soon to be released. Gonna wait out till Win10 now.
That's huge! Giving away a free upgrade to the biggest gaming platform in the world. Would be pretty funny if people didnt think that wasn't big enough to be considered gaming related.
something tells me the pirates will have a better version of windows 10 than honest consumers.
"Incidentally, whether you’re currently running on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you’ll get an upgrade to Windows 10 for free for the first year, as the operating system will shift to a service." So basically Windows 10 uprade will be subscription based after first year for free. Wonder what will be annual price for it after that year? By the way I just switched to 8.1 like 2 months ago after using 7 for about 3 years. I'll hold on with switching to 10.
I can't believe how many dumb people there are on this website. They are offering you an upgrade for free for a year. After a year you have to pay to upgrade like usual.
2 differences here. you’ll get an upgrade to Windows 10 for free for the first year. thats defining it as u get upgrade that lasts a year imo. the way it should been wrote is "windows 7,8 and 8.1 users will have a period of 1 year where they can upgrade for free to windows 10". the meaning of both are totaslly different. also it mentions a service and this is MS after all said and done. either way its not very clear what they have writeen.
@Zeref What exactly is "OS as a service" then? To me service means subscription. Has MS clarified anywhere that after the first year there is no recurring charge to continue using Win10? Did you know that there are several big software packages that are distributed this way nowadays, and that MS has a few of their own in there as well? I don't know why some people are thinking that people are stupid for inferring that it will be a paid service after the initial year, because the "OS as a service" implies just that. Instead of going around calling people dumb, why don't you provide a clarifying quote from MS as to what exactly the pricing model is instead of acting like you know something we don't, because when I read "Service" I see "Subscription model".
Exactly my thoughts.
WHAT??? Making people pay a subscription for Windows? [email protected]!k That! If they drop Windows 7 Support I'll go Linux thank you very much
I used to use Linux (Ubuntu to be exact) for few months but I've went back to Windows simply because about 90% off games out there are made for it and face it linux is not OS for gaming.
Windows for most games and some work and Linux for everything else
No where does it says its subscription is says Windows 7 and 8 users upgrade for free for the first year as in if you don't upgrade in the first year you will pay for the OS not get it for free. They do the same before the release of a new OS if you buy a PC with windows on a few months before the new release of windows comes out you get a free upgrade a few months after than it went up to £50 then after that is was full price, This is what they did with windows 7 laptops just before 8 came out.
Halo nerds are crying of happiness.
This free upgrade is great but i don't want to pay a subscription fee if thats the case i rather buy the OS.
windows 10 is going subscription based
Seems to me they are following the same model as XBOX Live as a service. No one complains about that like a hungry baby.
update Upon further investigation "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" This is from the Windows.com website.
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