Microsoft is now viewing Windows as a service, one that it wants
“people to love on a daily basis,” and frames its goal as not
building apps but creating “harmonizing experiences.” Touting its
new open development strategy, the company’s representatives spent
some time thanking the 1.7 million members of its Windows Insiders
program for their feedback.
We were expecting — nay, hoping! — good news about price. And
Windows 10 will be free, for some. During the first year after
Windows 10 ships, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users get a free
upgrade, as will Windows Phone 8.1 users. Microsoft also claims
that it won’t cut off Windows 10 support — support will last for
the life of the device.