As many of you know Microsoft made Windows 10 a free upgrade until the 29th of July. There was some speculation as to what would happen afterwards. However, that speculation has been put to rest. In a blog post published on Thursday, Microsoft has revealed that after July you will have to pay $119 US(approximately £79) in order to upgrade to Windows 10.
If you upgraded to Windows 10, downgraded back to a previous version of Windows and wanted to upgrade back to Windows 10 then it will still be a free upgrade as long as it’s on exactly the same machine.
So are there any other options? Well if you are getting a brand new computer direct from a brick and mortar store then there is a good chance that it will have Windows 10. You might be in the market for a new computer with Windows so that might be one route. Alternatively you can always buy a new copy of Windows 10 which will set you back about £85 (affiliate link).
I think that Microsoft have shot themselves in the foot here. We have moved away from a world where there is a charge for upgrading an operating system. On the Mac side of things Apple has not charged you to upgrade from OSX Mavericks to OSX El Capitan(The latest version of Apple’s Mac operating system). You had to pay £13.99 to upgrade to OSX Mountain Lion, but it was a lot less than the upgrade price for Windows 10. If you have a Chromebook then it’s also free to upgrade to whatever the latest version of Google’s Chrome OS is. I think that asking people nearly £80 just to upgrade is quite a steep ask but someone has to pay for it.There are already hundreds of millions of devices out there running Windows 10 and I thought that they would want everyone to have it. They wanted to have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 and yet they only have 300 million devices running Windows 10.
I know what some of you are thinking: “but Adi, if you don’t like Windows 10, go somewhere else”. On a personal level my desktop computer is a mac. That’s the one I use the most. I do have a custom-built Windows 7 gaming PC which I upgraded to Windows 10. You could probably say that Linux is a choice. However, the problem is that most people do not know or care about Linux. Sure, most “distributions” of Linux out there can run most of the basic things that we care about such as LibreOffice (an alternative to Microsoft Office), some email software (such as Thunderbird), a web browser (such as Mozilla FireFox) and some games as well (as Steam can run on Linux). The problem is that there are some specialised applications that can only run on Windows and running these applications in WINE (which lets you run Windows applications) can be a bit hit and miss.
To be fair there has already been quite a bit of backlash from a lot of people who upgraded and then decided to roll back. There are still a lot of businesses who are still running Windows 7 that refuse to move to Windows 10 (and justifiably so) and they will still get updates for Windows 7 until 2020. In fact, there are a lot of people whose computers run apps that can only run on Windows 7/8/8.1. As such upgrading to Windows 10 would break those applications. To add fuel to this upgrade problem there are also a lot of people out there who have Windows 7 that just don’t want to upgrade.
Last but not least, the other thing that I should mention is about the 300 million devices number that Microsoft released. There will be a percentage of those 300 million devices that will be “forced” upgrades to Windows 10. If you were on Windows 7 or 8/8.1 then the upgrade to Windows 10 would have been classified as a recommended update. By default Windows 7/8 automatically installs recommended updates, meaning that the upgrade to Windows 10 would have taken place automatically. Strictly speaking that 300 million devices number is wrong.
Should Microsoft have charged less or should they have made it free? Let me know in the comments!