Microsoft on Monday said that Windows 10 would be available to consumers on July 29. In an unprecedented move, Microsoft would offer that operating system that succeeds Windows 8.1 for free. Though for now it is not clear if Windows 10 would be a free update only for users who already have a genuine version of Windows or it would be made available for free to all, including those who use its pirated copies.
“On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favourite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you,” Microsoft’s Terry Myerson wrote in a blog post on the official site.
For the last few months Microsoft is testing Windows 10 and fixing bugs with the help of millions of volunteers who are using beta and preview versions of the OS.
“Through the feedback and testing of over four million Windows Insiders, weâ€™ve made great progress on Windows 10 and weâ€™re nearly ready to deliver this free upgrade to all of our Windows customers,” added Myerson.
Microsoft said that while Windows 10 would be available in July, consumers can reserve their operating system now.
“You can reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade now through a simple reservation process. Look for (an) icon in your system tray at the bottom of your screen, simply click on the icon, and then complete the reservation process,” wrote Myerson.