Windows 8 Confirmed: Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users


Jan 31, 2005
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Multiple Windows 9 reports have suggested that Microsoft is considering releasing the upcoming platform as a free download to certain existing Windows users. Some said that Windows 8 will get Windows 9 free of charge, while others claimed the company is also considering some sort of special offers for existing Windows XP users. A report from Indonesian online publication Detik said earlier this week that President of Microsoft Indonesia Andreas Diantoro has confirmed this particular Windows 9 feature.

FROM EARLIER: Windows 9 can’t come out soon enough for Microsoft
According to Diantoro, the Windows 9 upgrade will be available free of charge to all existing Windows 8 users once it’s released. Apparently, users will be able to easily install the Windows 9 update after downloading it from Microsoft, which is how Apple’s OS X updates have been rolled out to Macs for a few years now. For what it’s worth, some of the recent Windows 9 leaks did say that Microsoft already has a tool in place that will allow users to easily perform software updates.
It’s not clear whether other Windows users who are on older versions of the OS will get any other special offers, and actual prices for Windows 9 have yet to be revealed. Microsoft is reportedly interested in moving many people from the older, and no longer supported, Windows XP and offering Windows 9 as a free download might be a great incentive for some.
Microsoft is going to soon unveil Windows 9 and release a technical preview of it. Recent leaks, including many videos, have revealed some of the major features coming to Windows 9, including the return of the Start menu, the Cortana voice-based search assistant that’s currently available only on Windows Phone, the Notification Center, support for multiple desktops, and several other UI enhancements.

Looks like you might be right Mucks. :)

The question is, do I trust an OS upgrade... :D


I'm not weird, I'm a limited edition.
Mar 5, 2002
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... and, it is not going to be an 'upgrade', but just an 'update' to Win8. :D


sugar 'n spikes
Mar 5, 2002
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If there's any truth to that report then to my eyes it's Microsoft more or less admitting Win 8 was a disaster as they're not really in the habit of giving things away for free now are they?

And I'm sure our Indonesian chums have an incredible amount of integrity but forgive me if I am skeptical of reports coming from an Indonesian website. My view not prejudice but experience.

And as Mucks says, underneath the veneer it's really Win 8 SP2 (or whatever SP they're up to now).

I know it's a common whinge or whine shouting 'Linux' from the rooftops as an anti-Microsoft rallying call but I'm honestly using Mint 7/Libre Office/Scribus/The Gimp and many other software programs within Mint to carry out everyday tasks now. tbh it's simply preferable.

But I don't think I'll ever lose a version of Windows, probably Win 7.

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