During the first year after the release of Windows 10 the upgrade will be free for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. After first year, users will likely be charged for it.
The above news comes from Windows 10: The Next Chapter event.
That news is as much thrill and excitement you’re going to get from this unexciting and dull presentation. Let me summarize the whole event for you and save you over 2 hours of watching time:
- First 20 minutes is just blah, blah, blah…
- Windows 10 will be free during first year since its release for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. That is good news actually, both for developers and for users. And especially for the developers.
- Then the guy with Emo-hairstyle presented Windows 10 Cortana, a copy of Siri from Apple devices. Apparently, Microsoft is very excited about a feature nobody is going to use just like Siri.
- Some devices will have free Word, Excel and other Office programs (devices where you cannot actually use it for anything meaningful, that is devices like smartphones or smaller tablets). Larger screen devices where you actually use those programs will have paid version.
- Mail application still sucks, but now they added brand new features – swipe to the left to delete message, swipe to the right to flag them. I wonder where have I seen that already? Hmmm…
- Internet Explorer is going to be somewhat better (hopefully it will still support third-party apps which use its rendering engine).
- Xbox and PC games are gonna be faster, apparently due to DirectX 12 which is very fast, at least from the technical demo.
- There was some large screen device for business customers I don’t really care about.
- And finally, there was a new VR headset from Microsoft they have been developing for a couple of years (at least now it is apparent why they purchased Minecraft – to demo that device). They believe it is going to change everything. They call 3D graphics you see inside “holograms”. Not the holograms you would expect – a little Princess Leia projected into the air. What a waste of all those development years. Another VR headset ready for the trashcan.
- Last 20 minutes is just a pitch about Microsoft being committed to their users, how inspired they are and you know… blah… blah.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Windows 10 is actually good and I like them. But the rest… not really.