Microsoft To Charge £85 For Windows Upgrade
Microsoft is reminding everyone today that the free promotion for Windows 10 upgrades is finishing soon. The software maker first released Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines on July 29th last year, giving everyone a year to upgrade at no cost. Many had assumed Microsoft would keep the free upgrade rolling past the year cut off, but it appears the company is sticking to its original promise.
In an announcement of 300 million Windows 10 users, Microsoft has started driving awareness of the July 29th date. “Time is running out,” says Yusuf Mehdi, who heads up Microsoft’s Windows and devices marketing efforts. “The free upgrade offer will end on July 29th and we want to make sure you don’t miss out.” After July 29th, Microsoft says you’ll need to purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119 (£85-ish) or get Windows 10 on a new machine.
Windows 10 has proved popular, especially with 300 million machines now running it, but the company wants one billion devices using the software within the next two years. Reminding people that they only have two months left to upgrade free of charge is one way of driving upgrade numbers, but opting to extend the promotion could also have similar results. It’s hardly surprising that Microsoft is sticking to its original plans, but there’s still time left for the company to change its mind.
Source: The Windows Blog
Here’s How Windows 10 Is Being Improved
A seemingly legit screenshot of a Windows 10 developer build shared on Reddit shows that the platform might soon bring the ability for users to switch between desktops and mobile devices, and pick up their work right where they left off.
Sounds familiar? That’s because OS X has had similar functionality for the past two years, in the form of Handoff which works with iOS devices.
The screenshot details an option to ‘Let apps on your other devices launch apps and continue experiences,’ on your desktop via Bluetooth.
The screenshot is believed to be from a build with a Redstone update that Microsoft announced last month. The Handoff-like feature might be part of the company’s Project Rome, which was introduced at its Build Conference in March and aims to connect devices for an uninterrupted experience.
However, InfoWorld reported that Project Rome might be more ambitious than merely copying Handoff. For one thing, it will be able to work with devices not only over Bluetooth but also over Wi-Fi and via the Web, meaning your devices don’t need to be in the same room.
So, in addition to carrying over your progress in the same app, like reading an ebook, you might also be able to do things like pull files from your desktop to your mobile device remotely, or play a trivia game on your phone while watching a related movie on your PC.
Microsoft has changed the Windows 10 upgrade from optional to recommended
This might not seem a big difference but it is to your computer.
If you have Windows set to automatically install updates then it will do this for security, critical and recommended updates but leave the optional ones out for you to manually go in and do yourself. So by Microsoft changing this priority, there is a good chance your computer could now install Windows 10 without asking you.
For most users this will be either something they were thinking about, an inconvenience or more worryingly it will prevent some of their programs running and cause their business to grind to a halt.
The good news is that if it did install automatically on your computer and you didn’t want it to – this can be undone.
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