Are you aware that you can freely upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro with the need to clean install Windows 10 again? You just need to own a genuine Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8 Pro Pack, or Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack edition product key to activate Windows 10 Pro. Here, we will tell how to upgrade from Windows 10 Home edition to Windows 10 Pro for free without the need to do a clean install of Windows 10.

Windows 8.1 Preview is available for everyone to test out the upcoming Windows version. While Microsoft made Windows 8.1 RTM/Final/Retail edition available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers as well as volume license customers only but many users have already downloaded Windows 8.1 RTM which was leaked on the Internet. The official launch date of Windows 8.1 is set in October. These leaked versions of Windows 8.1 RTM are available via torrents, UseNet and various other file-sharing websites. If you have your hands on these leaked RTM edition, you know that it requires a clean install of Windows 8.1. You are unable to update Windows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 Final / Retail / RTM. But here’s a small trick using which you can upgrade from Windows 8.1 Preview build without loosing all of your settings and apps. Do keep in mind that the software giant has promised to roll out updates for Windows 8.1 before its official release.

Microsoft has announced the official launch date of Windows 8.1, the next Windows version. Windows 8.1 is all set to be launched on October 18. All Windows 8 users will be allowed to update to Windows 8.1 as free update from the Windows Store.

Making the announcement on Microsoft’s official Blogging Windows website, the company’s Brandon LeBlanc confirms that Windows 8.1 will be available in mid-October, and that Windows 8.1 RTM is set to be reached this month, as it was initially planned.

Apple has released OS X 10.8.4 update to fix bugs and close many security holes. The update includes Safari 6.0.5 update which fixes security issues found in the browser. A security update for earlier Mac OS X versions, Security Update 2013-002, was also released along.

According to the security advisory released by Apple, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 and Security Update 2013-002 update fixes 31 vulnerabilities in the operating system. Further 26 security issues were fixed in Safari 6.0.5.

Microsoft has some fresh new updates about its upcoming next Windows update titled Windows Blue. Microsoft’s Tami Reller (Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Windows), while speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, announced that the upcoming next Windows version previously called Windows Blue will be officially called Windows 8.1. It will be a free update for Windows 8 consumers and will be available through the Windows Store. She also announced that there are now more than 70,000 apps in the Windows Store.

In addition, Windows Blue, now officially Windows 8.1 will be coming to Windows RT as well. Earlier, we shared that the update may either a free upgrade or will be available for a low fee. With the official announcement all these rumors can be put to bed as Windows 8.1 update will be free to Windows 8 consumers.

Microsoft is already working on the next version of Windows, codename Windows Blue some are referring it as Windows 9 (but it isn’t actually). Windows Blue is expected to be launched this year. This rumor may be true as reports are emerging that Windows Blue is already ready to enter M2 development stage. So, it’s safe to say that Microsoft may be already working on when they will make the next edition of Windows operating system officially available.

According to ZDNet, Windows Blue may be launched this summer, most likely in August 2013. Microsoft is surprisingly not going to release any developer previews or consumer previews of Windows Blue as it did during the development of Windows 8. Instead, Windows Blue is expected to be launched by the Redmond-based software giant directly to the market.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Pro Upgrade offer for general users expired on January 31, 2013, Windows 8 Pro now retails for $199.99. Microsoft has announced a new promotion exclusively for students across 50 countries. The Windows 8 student offer, through which students in the U.S. and in 49 additional countries can purchase Windows 8 Pro upgrade license for $69.99. Windows 8 student offer will be available in the U.S. from February 1st, and by March 19th, the offer will be available in the rest of 49 countries. Students in the U.S. can get the Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition online via the Microsoft Store for just $69.99. The price may vary slightly across other countries.

Microsoft has announced details about Windows 8 support lifecycle along with details about Windows RT and Surface with Windows RT support lifecycle.

Windows 8 was officially launched last month, on October 26, 2012. While many Windows users are busy with their Windows 8 upgrades, Microsoft is planning on the Windows 8 product lifecycle. The Redmond technology giant has just announced in its Support Lifecycle website that Windows 8 mainstream support will end on January 9, 2018. Windows 8 extended support will be provided until January 10, 2023.

The tablet version of Windows 8 flavor, Windows RT’s mainstream support ends on April 11, 2017. Microsoft is yet to comment on the extended support for this version as well, but has asked users to see the Windows RT Lifecycle Policy FAQ available here. According to the FAQ, Office Home and Student 2013 RT has the same lifecycle policy as Windows RT. Surface with Windows RT Lifecycle starts from January 24, 2013 and its mainstream support ends on April 11, 2017, the same day when Windows RT mainstream support ends.

Windows 8 comes included with Windows Media Player. But do not mix Windows Media Player with Windows Media Center. Since, Windows Media Player in Windows 8 can’t play DVD movies anymore, you have to either opt for an alternative player such as VLC Media Player or you will need to buy Windows 8 Media Center Pack key. Yes, you read it correct, with Windows 8 Pro, you have to buy a separate license for Windows Media Center, which used to come bundled with earlier versions of Windows.

If you are an owner of Windows 8 Pro license, here’s some good news for you. To promote Windows 8 among its users, Microsoft is giving away free Windows 8 Media Center Pack product keys. You can use this free Windows 8 Media Center Pack key to upgrade Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8 Pro Pack. If you are having Windows 8 license, you will need to first upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, before you can activate Windows 8 Pro Pack using the promo license key. You can get the free license until January 31, 2013.

Canonical has released Ubuntu 12.10 few days back. Ubuntu 12.10 is now available for download. If you are installing Ubuntu as a fresh install, then this article may not be what you are looking for. This article outlines steps you should take if you want to upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 12.10.

If you are using Ubuntu 12.04, which is a Long Term Support (LTS) release, you need to do some changes in the Update Manager before you can upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10. LTS release means the release will be supported with bug fixes and security for the next 5 years from the day it was released.

If you are wondering what changes you need to make in the Update Manager before you get the pop message which says a new Ubuntu version is available, follow this simple how to article.