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The Windows 9 upgrade might not be as free as initially believed

September 30th, 2014 at 9:05 AM
Windows 9 Upgrade Price

After a report last week revealed the President of Microsoft Indonesia confirmed that the Windows 8 to Windows 9 upgrade will be available free download, Myce has discovered that not all current Windows 8 users may be entitled to a free Windows 9 update. Well-known Russian leaker WZOR, the source of various Windows 9 leaks in the past, says that just those customers who have purchased a Windows 8 (or Windows 8.1) copy will qualify for free upgrades. Users who have purchased a computer with Windows 8 preinstalled (OEM version of the software) will have to pay a fee.

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

The same source revealed that Windows 7 users upgrading directly to Windows 9 will also have to pay Microsoft a relatively small fee. While such Windows 9 upgrade prices aren’t officially available yet, WZOR says that Windows 7 users might have to pay $30 to jump to Windows 9, while Windows 8 OEM users might be charged $20 for the update.

Windows 9 is expected to bring a bunch of interesting features, such as the return of the Start menu, the Cortana virtual assistant, support for multiple desktops, a Notification Center, and various UI improvements to make it more desktop-friendly than its predecessors.

Microsoft on Tuesday will unveil Windows 9, at which point the company is expected to share more details about release dates and pricing for its upcoming major desktop OS release. After all, it accidentally leaked a few Windows 9 details already.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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