With Windows 10 now confirmed, one Microsoft exec says that it will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 8 users.
Hurray! Hurrah! Yippee! Windows 8 will soon be a thing of the past as Windows 10 was recently announced by Microsoft, killing off all of the Windows 8 features that we hated and bringing with it the things we’ve been asking for for years. For most people Windows 8 was an operating system that we put up with and Windows 10 is clearly the better option; a bit like having a crush on someone at school only to discover that their older sibling is better looking, with a fast car and hair that swishes just right in the breeze. Alas, Windows 10 is very exciting but further still, for all of those that were scorned by its predecessor, Microsoft’s next operating system is set to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users.
That info comes form Indonesian publication Detik who explained that whilst speaking at an event taking place at the Hotel Mulia in Jakarta, the President of Microsoft, Indonesia Andreas Diantoro, confirmed the upgrade plans. In a quote from their site (Google translated) “Easy, when the OS (Windows 9) was launched later, users who have been using Windows 8 just need to do the update via his device. It will be installed automatically.” While there’s little reason to doubt the words, it’s unclear whether or not “(Windows 9)” is something that Diantoro said or if it’s something the site itself included. Presuming that people haven’t suddenly started saying the words ‘open and closed brackets’ in conversation without me knowing it, it seems more likely that Diantoro generally referred to Microsoft’s ‘next operating system’ which we now know to be called Windows 10, and not Windows 9.
However, the reasons to believe the Microsoft Indonesia President are in the statistics. So many people were turned off by Windows 8’s removal of the Start button and its uncomfortable, touchscreen-friendly layout that the majority just continued to use Windows 7, never making that upgrade. As a result, Windows 8 is found on just 13.4% of PCs despite being released almost two years ago, so if Microsoft wants to make good with those who bought Windows 8 machines and didn’t like it, a free upgrade would certainly be the way to do it.
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