Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Preview Users Will Get a Free Upgrade

Microsoft is scheduled to release Windows 10 on July 29.

However, we’ve learned today that there is another way to get Windows 10 for free – and you do not have to be a current owner of Windows 7 or Windows 8 to take advantage of the offer. I’ve gotten a lot of questions from Windows Insiders about how this will work if they clean installed from ISO. As long as testers are running an Insider preview build and connected via the Microsoft Account they used to register for the program, they will get the final build for free and remain activated.

Insider Hub and Browser Changes In preparation for the release, Microsoft is planning to remove the Insider Hub, which is an interface for providing user feedback. The July 29 commercial release will bring back the Insider Hub, though. Some features of the new operating system do require that you have a Microsoft account, for example, access to the Microsoft Store and downloading apps from there. If not backed up, users could lose their browsers’ lists of favorite sites, Reading List items and browsing history, as well as cookies. Because Windows Update is being updated in order to more efficiently deliver future builds, and Microsoft needs to ensure that only Windows Insiders are getting the Insider builds. The new Windows 10 browser is now available to Insiders, but under its codename of Project Spartan.

We also found out that clean installs will be possible once that upgrade has happened thanks to some digging from Rod and further confirmation from Gabe Aul our Windows 10 Ring Master. Starting off, Aul states that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to anyone who has signed up for the Insider program.

Microsoft will be releasing different desktop editions of Windows 10 next month. It has updated graphics and can optionally go full-screen. Instead, Microsoft is working on bugfixes and fine-tuning the performance as the launch date for Windows 10 comes closer.

A transparent PIN pad, changes in fonts, icons, layout, and more are some of the important UX additions in the WIndows 10 Mobile.


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