Windows 9 May Cost Windows 7 Users $30

A report out of Indonesia claims that Andreas Diantoro, President of Microsoft Indonesia, has confirmed that Windows 8.1 customers will indeed get Windows 9 for free. We've heard some of this before, and it indicates that Microsoft is desperately wanting to get away from all the negativity surrounding Windows 8.

Diantoro indicated that Windows 8.1 users will be able to download and install Windows 9 quite easily. Previous reports specified that this would be accomplished using a tool that allows single-click installations. This tool will become a native part of Windows 9, providing faster updates that will make the Windows platform feel more smartphone-like.

For customers riding on the Windows 7 train, though, Microsoft may charge $30 for the upgrade. This nugget of news arrives by way of Russian leaker WZor, who indicates that customers will not need to re-install the whole OS. This seems very likely given that Microsoft offered a huge discount to Windows 7 users upgrading to Windows 8.

Microsoft is expected to reveal Windows 9 during a press event on Tuesday. The company is also expected to release a public preview so that Microsoft can get feedback before the platform hits store shelves in Spring 2015. Given that we're getting close to Halloween, the Windows 9 release seems like it's just around the corner.

So why is Microsoft making the update so cheap? As previously stated, Microsoft presumably wants to get away from Windows 8. The release of Windows 8.1 made a huge difference for the desktop user, but Windows 9 is expected to really shine. Benefits will include the return of the Start Menu, Modern UI apps running on the desktop and more.

On Tuesday, Microsoft is expected to not only reveal Windows 9, but a new branding that will eliminate the numbering. The move is part of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's "mobile first, cloud first" plan to offer services on hardware rather than become a hardware and services company, as former CEO Steve Ballmer previously envisioned. The platform is expected to be called merely "Windows" across a number of form factors, including desktops and smartphones.

"Microsoft is changing from a company that was Windows-centric to one that is services-centric," Michael Silver of Gartner told Reuters. "It has to be that way. Windows revenue is likely going to decline, and Microsoft's task is to replace that Windows revenue with revenue from services on all sorts of platforms."

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  • Rugnir_Viking
    Seems like a step in the right direction, but I'm still scared of their trying to move toward platform synchronisation. I suppose they do know their users better than me but people use windows for its versatility at getting many types of programs, and all the tools developed for it. If they make ANY tradeoffs for mobile compatability that negatively affect the ability of windows to for example run very intense simulations or compressing files or breaks compatibility with anything like java, then many many places will move to Linux.

    Sure they want a bit of the mobile market but what utility does having the exact same operating system across all devices have?
    They do it to allow cross-device apps, but anyone with half a brain get manage this anyhow. Those who can't (most people), don't strike me as the sort of person who really will ever have any sort of need to have the same program on their tablet, pone and pc
    Remember if there were separate windows versions there would still probably be the same program for large scale things, just a mobile version less feature complete. If the aim is to stop this feature gap, pretty much all it achieves is limiting computers to phone-designed features, and youd even see things such as a simple tool in a drawing software getting removed to allow the phones to use it too :(

    All in all I like the changes here but the statements made at the end of the article are scary. A better solution might be to have a 'windows' like they say, and a 'windows professional' for pc only with much better functionality for pc and less gimmicky things such as touchscreen design and fancy graphics tempting the user away from what they are doing. Its bad enough trying to keep focus personally with AD(H)D but large colourful buttons with little videos and such is extremely distracting. The previous versions of windows just feel so much more like a business oriented software than the new 'playful' design :(
    Businesses don't have to use your software microsoft, and if you push them they WILL move to the cheaper Linux or other free systems. It will save them money anyway.
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