Mcrosoft’s Windows 10 operating system was free for all, once upon a time. Not anymore. If you did not upgrade your existing Windows 8 or Windows 7 (with SP1) laptops and PCs before July 29, well, bad luck. Now that Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer is over, you’ll have to spend some money to purchase it. Prices start at Rs 8,999 for Windows 10 Home and go all the way up to Rs 14,999 for Windows 10 Professional. Notably, these are prices mentioned on online retail website Amazon India.
Microsoft started rolling out its free Anniversary update — its first major update after the free offer ended on July 29 — to Windows 10 recently. The update includes improvements to Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Windows Ink and also brings in some new features. Windows 10 users will start getting the update from August 2.
While launching Windows 10 OS, Microsoft had claimed that it will get Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2018. It has now become a little more modest in its approach. It says, getting to the 1 billion target audience will take longer, than it expected. This is because the company has been busy cutting back in its smartphone business over the last year or so.
Microsoft adopted a different approach with regards to Windows 10, in that it offered the OS as a free upgrade for one year.