Windows 9 is expected to be released on October 2014 according to a leakster. However, a question stands for all interested users - is it going to be free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines?
Windows 8 Free Update
Windows 8 users may recall that Windows 8.1 Update is free using the Windows Store app on the Start Screen. It only requires a valid Microsoft account such as Outlook and stable Internet connection in order to download and install the software.
Users of other previous Windows versions are required to purchase Windows 8 to get the latest features and Windows 8.1 Update as well. However, certain machines are not compatible with Windows 8 regarding hardware compatibility that makes it impractical to certain Windows 7 computers.
Another possible factor is the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2 rumoured to be final major software upgrade for Windows 8. If Microsoft allowed the Windows 8.1 Update for free, why not for Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Windows 9?
In order to support the consideration of Microsoft, according to sources of ZDNet, the company's OS development team hopes to encourage Windows 7 users to move to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 while Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 as part of the preparation to the Windows Threshold. So how does these factors matter on Windows 9 free update?
1. Encourages users to embrace the newer versions of Windows instead of using Windows XP or Windows 7.
2. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 contain all possible requirements to prepare a machine for Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Windows 9 OS.
3. Possibility of unifying all Windows users and appropriate machines in one middle-line OS version.
Most users of Windows XP in certain territories do not consider Windows 7 due to user interface revamped while Windows 8 has been frowned by some due to incompatibility of various programs including games.
Mistakes on Windows 8
While Windows Vista is one of the worst versions ever released by Microsoft, there are several mistakes as well on Windows 8.
1. Inability to use touch screen controls on machines due to lack of hardware support yet running Windows 8.
2. Impractical use of touch screen on large screen laptops and desktop computers compared with a mouse and keyboard.
3. Windows 8 gesture and touch controls are more practical in smartphones and tablets.
In any case, Microsoft may use these factors to help users on adapting Windows 9 without feeling the same "stuck" factor on auxiliary features such as gesture or touch controls.
As of now, Windows 9 has no clear price and even its release date is debatable between October 2014 release and March 2015 official availability.