Microsoft as part of its Windows 10 unveiling event announced Wednesday that the latest version of the popular PC software will come as a free upgrade to current Windows 7 and 8 users.
The announcement is one of the biggest so far from Microsoft, which typically charges hundreds of dollars for its operating system upgrades that come in multiple-year increments. (RELATED: Watch Microsoft’s Biggest Windows Event In Years Live)
Microsoft’s major shift toward a more Apple-like upgrade policy is cause for Windows 8 users especially to celebrate, as it is universally regarded as the most unpopular version of the storied operating system thus far due to its broad step away from many of Windows’ mainstay features. (RELATED: Microsoft Brings Back The ‘Start’ Menu In Windows 10 Unveil)
A number of those features are returning with Windows 10 including a reborn “Start” menu, which will accompany new features including an upgraded Cortana assistant, multiple desktop system and improved tile integration.
Windows 10 will also operate seamlessly across multiple devices including PCs, smartphones, tablets and Xbox.
Microsoft has yet to announce a launch date, but Windows 10 will be available free for one year to existing 7 and 8 users after release.