Microsoft s forthcoming Windows 9 operating system will be free for existing Windows 8 users, according to President of Microsoft Indonesia. Furthermore, the new operating system will feature a tool that will allow Windows 8 users to easily upgrade to the latest operating system. While this seems like a logical move, there is no word on what the company has in plan for Windows 7 users.According to an Indonesian online publication Detik, Andreas Diantoro, the president of Microsoft Indonesia, corroborated earlier reports about Windows 9 being available for free for Windows 8 users. This won t be the first time Microsoft is making its desktop operating system available for free either. Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update were also available for Windows 8 users at no extra charge. However, users on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 weren t offered any similar deals. Also Read - This malware affects 4,700 Windows-based computers every dayAlso Read - Windows 7 users opting out as Microsoft will soon end support for it: All you need to know
Despite being around for over two years now, Windows 8 (and higher) has managed to get its footprints in only 13 percent of computers worldwide. According to the latest data from Net Applications, Windows 7 holds over 50 percent of market share as of August 2014. The biggest challenge for Microsoft is to get these users to shift to the new operating system; otherwise the company will see the Windows XP debacle repeat all over again. Also Read - Microsoft will stop releasing Windows 7 updates from January 2020
Launched in 2001, the decade-old operating system Windows XP still powers over 20 percent of computers across the globe. Despite the fact that XP is full of security vulnerabilities, the company has failed to lure these users to upgrade to the latest operating system.
Microsoft will be holding an event tomorrow where Windows operating system chief Terry Myerson, and Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore will talk about the future of Windows. The company is also expected to launch the technical preview of its next operating system at the event, before releasing Windows 9 sometime next year.