Microsoft’s unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 10 is going to extinct within this week. And exactly after one year of its free upgrade, Windows 10 anniversary update will also be available to all existing Windows users those who have switched over to Windows 10 from Window 8 and Windows 7. The glimpse of advanced features, Windows 10 users have witnessed at the last WWDC, includes new Cortana commands, advanced gestures, and the merged version of the Windows/Xbox One app stores. In case anything goes wrong, Microsoft support center is just a call away from you and comes to your rescue when you dial a toll-free Windows 10 support phone number.
Microsoft’s go-getting plan to have Windows 10 running on a billion devices within the following years will largely depend on the success of its free upgrade offer. Last year, Microsoft’s May 2015 offer literally includes an asterisk and fine print. The actual wording of the offer reads like this: “Get the best Windows experience. Ever. Ready for Windows 10? Qualified Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices can upgrade for free. Offer ends July 29, 2016.”
In the past one year, this text has changed slightly different as the fine print on the Windows 10 upgrade offer, as of June 2016, include the free upgrade offer to-be-ended on July 29 and will not be extended; any upgrades before the date will be valid for as long as the device lasts; Microsoft is likely to introduce some new upgrade offers after July 29.
The real goal of Microsoft’s upgrade offer is not just to get its installed Windows 10 base to a billion. The long-term goal is to put an end to Windows 7 systematically before its extended support commitment ends on January 14, 2020. If the most successful Windows 7 will end, then existing users can opt for 3rd party technical support companies in order to have their Windows support for putting an effective end to all issues with their Windows 7 and bring the best out of Windows 7.
Almost after one year, the technology giant says that a total of 300 million devices are running Windows 10. Moreover, about 1/3rd of them represent new PCs and the share of PCs running Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 seems to be in the low single digits by the end of 2017. According to data from the U.S. Government’s Digital Analytics Program, the percentage of Windows PCs running 8.1 and 7 versions has gone down drastically from 71.1% in the past year to 60% at the end of May 2016. Availability of instant technical support for Windows existing as well as older versions should not be a challenge at all with so many technical support companies.
The decision to upgrade or not upgrade to the latest version is driven by business needs, not by the cost of an upgrade license. Microsoft says it has plans to start uninstalling its controversial Get Windows 10 software, but it has no plans to delete the Windows 10 download page. On the other hand, the new “Windows as a Service” model indicates to company’s plans to offer two or three new releases every year.
So, Microsoft has many things in its bag for Windows 10 and it will continue to lure Windows users to achieve its original target.