Windows 9 Might be a Free Upgrade for Vista, XP and Windows 7 Users

By Gerald Lynch on at

Still clinging on for dear life to your Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 machines? Microsoft may give would-be Windows 9 users the best incentive of all to upgrade to the next edition of its operating system -- it's rumoured to be considering offering it up for free for those sitting on its legacy operating systems.

That's according to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, whose sources say that Microsoft is looking into compiling "some kind of deal" in order to keep the waning flock from jumping over to Google's Chrome or Apple's forthcoming Yosemite operating system. Windows 8, with its touch-focused tile interface has divided even the most loyal of Microsoft fans, and the Redmond company has spent the past couple of years refining the revolutionary OS into something to appease all parties. Windows 8.1 Update 2, expected to land later this month, will continue that process of refinement, though is set to be a more minor tweak than the first 8.1 update. [ZDNet]