Home windows 10 upgrades will value $119 after July 29

Windows 10 upgrades will cost $119 after July 29

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When you’ve been dragging your heels on upgrading to Home windows 10, now’s the time to take motion. Free upgrades to the brand new OS from earlier variations of Home windows will finish on July 29, Microsoft reiterated at the moment. The corporate initially stated the supply would solely final one yr, and certainly that date marks Home windows 10’s first anniversary. After July 29, you will should shell out $119 to improve to Home windows 10 Residence (or to place it on a brand new system).

The free improve supply was a daring gambit for Microsoft — beforehand, nothing might get in the best way of that tasty OS income. However, after Home windows eight did not entice builders and shoppers, the corporate wanted to do one thing drastic. And it appears to have paid off: Microsoft says Home windows 10 is now operating on 300 million units around the globe (that is up from 200 million in January). Amongst different notable stats, Cortana has answered greater than 6 billion questions to date, and other people have spent over sixty three billion minutes within the Edge browser simply in March.

I do not blame you for being hesitant about upgrading. It is usually paid off properly to attend for Microsoft to squash out bugs and optimize its working methods. However I discovered Home windows 10 to be fairly strong at launch, and it is solely gotten higher over the previous yr.

As I argued previous to Home windows 10’s launch, the improve supply wasn’t only a sensible option to get individuals operating the newest OS, it was additionally a strategy to construct up the general Home windows 10 ecosystem for builders. Whereas there aren’t too many killer native apps for the platform but, it is definitely rather more vibrant than what we noticed round Home windows eight.

Under, watch Microsoft’s Bryan Roper (who we have affectionately named Fedora Eminem) clarify why you must improve: