Windows 7, 8 Users to Get Windows 9 for FREE?

Millions of users are still finding it hard to make the jump to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, but Microsoft already has plans for Windows 9.

According to rumors currently circulating online, the next major version of Windows – Windows 9, is said to launch sometime in 2015. Of course, this could be just Windows 8.2, as it would seem that 2015 is still too early to release a big software revamp.

Just like it has done with the Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft is looking to improve support for desktop users, but will also keep on developing features for touch devices, as well. Now, according to a new report ZDNet, Microsoft could be making Windows 9 free for Windows 8 and Windows 8.x users, but also Windows 7 users. Here’s what Mary Jo Foley said:

“The Microsoft OS team is hoping to get as many Windows 7 users moved to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8 users to Windows 8.1 Update in preparation for (hopefully) getting them to move to Threshold once it is out.”

“It’s still early in the Windows development cycle for Microsoft to have decided on packaging, pricing and distribution, but my sources say, at this point, that Windows Threshold is looking like it could be free to all Windows 8.1 Update, and maybe even Windows 7 Service Pack 1, users.”

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Windows 7 is a  5 year old operating system and is still the absolute leader worldwide, which is definitely something that is enraging the guys over at Redmond. Making Windows 9 free for Windows 7 users would be quite a move that will result in huge financial losses for Microsoft, but for huge gains on the long run.

Just like Windows XP, there’ll be a moment when Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for Windows 7 machines, so that’s why it is so important to make the jump prior to that moment.

However, my personal opinion is that with Windows 9, Microsoft will have the same strategy it had with Windows 8, meaning it will offer the upgrade for a much cheaper price, say $20 or so instead of $100 or how much Windows 9 is going to cost.

As for Windows 8 users, it’s most likely that Windows 9 will be offered completely for free or, again, with a much cheaper price.

We’ll be keeping an eye on these Windows 9-related rumors and will let you know once we know more. Let us know what you think of this by leaving your comment in the section from below.

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  • Nick

    I have Windows 7 right now and would definitely upgrade to Windows 9 if it is free. But I agree with you that Microsoft will probably charge a small fee since I believe the OS is a large part of their revenue stream. We’ll see when it is released.

  • Paul

    Maybe it’s just me, but wouldn’t it just be easier and more profitable to simply produce what the customer wants, ie a better OS rather than an OS MS wants us to use?