The websphere is buzzing aloud with the rumor that Microsoft may offer the next version of Windows, Windows 9 as a free upgrade (or at a discounted price) for Windows 8.1 Update 2 consumers. Although nothing is announced officially but according to WZOR (a Russian group which is popular for leaks related to Microsoft products), Windows 9 may be released as free upgrade. This move (if Microsoft makes) may be similar to what its competitor Apple has adopted.
The move makes sense in the present scenario of release and distribution of operating systems. Almost all competitors is now offering their operating system for free. Apple does this since 2013, Google offers Chrome OS for free, Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution is always free. Apple started offering free upgrade of its OS X operating system since OS X 10.9 Mavericks release. All users of OS X 10.8 received OS X 10.9 through Mac App Store. Windows may be the most popular operating system but with the huge shift from desktops to portable mode of computing, like tablets, notebooks, and more, the competition is getting tougher. It may be the correct time now for Microsoft to change the way Windows is offered to the customers.
Windows 9 Free Upgrade (or Discounted)
According to the post posted at WZOR forum, the second update to Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Update 2 (aka Windows 8.2) will be released later this year. Along with the release, Microsoft may announce the next iteration of its flagship operating system. Although, according to the poster, the decision of giving away Windows 9 for free is yet to be finalized by the software giant.
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In the same post, it’s mentioned that Microsoft is having a big internal event. In this event major decisions is going to be taken about the future of the Windows operating system. Microsoft is said to be taking firm steps to crack down on leaks especially from its Chinese office. The software giant has also changed its internal procedure for its employees willing to test the future version of the operating system. From now on, employees will be able to access the test version of the operating system through a special internal local interface.
On another note, it’s also rumored that Microsoft may offer Windows 9 Enterprise edition with Metro UI 2.0 (aka Modern UI) disabled. This step may help boosting the adoption of Windows 9 among business users.
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