Earlier we heard the rumor about Microsoft offering Windows 9 (aka Windows Threshold) to Windows 8 users free of cost. Now another rumor is brewing about Windows 9, the successor of Windows 8.1. Rumor is, Microsoft may go as far as offering Windows 9 free upgrade to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users? Expected to land in spring 2015, Windows 9 is now one of the most anticipated Windows next edition. Microsoft is also expected to offer a minor update, dubbed Update 2 to all Windows 8.1 Update 1 users.
According to a blog post by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will be in August’s Patch Tuesday. That means, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will be released in this month’s second Tuesday, that’s on August 12, 2014.
Microsoft is not planning to make Update 2 (aka “August Update”) a great deal. Windows 8.1 Update 2 will not be a cumulative update. It will only include some minor design changes, but feature-wise those changes will not be big. Microsoft will not deliver Update 3 to Windows 8.1 later this fall.
Rumor was, Microsoft at first planned to include the new mini Start Menu as a part of Update 2, but they dropped the plan. The new mini Start Menu supposed to be the marriage between the old Start Menu and the Modern Start Menu, will be featured in Windows 9.
Will Microsoft offer Windows 9 as Free update (Upgrade) to earlier Windows edition users?
We don’t know if they will or will not offer Windows 9 as free upgrade. According to Foley’s source, Microsoft may offer “some kind of deal” to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users. Which, according to that source, Microsoft will possibly offer Windows 9 or Windows Threshold as a free upgrade to all Windows users using Windows XP and higher. The latest Windows version will come out next year, in 2015.
Microsoft is still tight-lipped about Windows 9 (aka Windows Threshold). So, we don’t expect Microsoft to say anything about the rumors of Windows 9 free upgrade. As time comes near to the launch of the next Windows version, we will know how much of all these rumors are true. If true, these deals will have a huge impact in the Windows operating system world.