Many Windows 9 reports suggest that Microsoft is thinking of releasing their upcoming OS as free of charge for some of the current Windows users. While some reports say that those who own Windows 8 will get Windows 9 for free, others say that the Windows XP users will get some sort of special offers – discounts, while others are more reticent or don’t believe these rumors are true. However, Detik, an online Indonesian publication, said that Andreas Diantoro, the president of Microsoft Indonesia, confirmed that Windows 8 users will get Windows 9 for free.
With other words, the current Windows 8 users will be able to download and install Windows 9 from Microsoft, as soon as it gets released. It’s not yet certain what will happen with those users who have older Windows versions, such as the Windows 7 or Windows XP. Since Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, there are rumors saying that the Windows XP users will get a discount when buying Windows 9, making them to move to the new version of Windows.
Microsoft has planned a press event that will take place tomorrow, September 30, where it is rumored that they will announce the upcoming Windows 9. Alain Crozier, The president of Microsft France, hinted that Microsoft’s upcoming OS will be called Windows 9, even if the OS was codenamed until now as “Threshold”.
Some recent leaks and videos have revealed that Windows 9 will come with some major features, which include the start menu, the Cortana search assistant which is currently available only on Windows Phone OS, UI enhancements, support for multiple desktops, a notification center and many more.
More information about Windows 9 and Microsoft’s plans about giving the new OS for free to the Windows 8 users, while giving a discount to Windows XP users, we will probably know tomorrow.