A key reason for the free upgrades was 1 billion devices with Windows 10 that Microsoft was aiming for, which it failed to catch in the allotted time. Even today, however, it is possible to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
The Windows 11, Microsoft's next operating system, is supposed to bring a lot of important elements. One question many have is whether the upgrade will be free.
What we already know (has been confirmed) is that upgrades will be supported not only by Windows 10, but also from devices with Windows 7 or 8.1.
To mention that it makes perfect sense to have free upgrades from older versions of Windows and not only from Windows 10, as it is in Microsoft's interest. This way the company can ensure that most users of its operating systems will upgrade to the latest version it supports.
So it is very likely Windows 11 to be released as a free upgrade for all consumer devices. Microsoft needs to quickly transfer the majority of its customers from Windows 10 in Windows 11. The last thing the company would like is to have users with me Windows 10 after the end of support in 2025. It already happened when they stopped supporting Windows XP but also with the end of their support Windows 7.
The offer will attract many to upgrade their devices directly to Windows 11, giving the new operating system a solid user base from scratch.
If Microsoft does not offer free upgrades, the Windows 11 will have a slower increase in the number of users, as there are many who choose stability over ongoing upgrades.
Why change a system, especially if you have to pay for the upgrade. The main reason for the upgrades is the ongoing support, but even that does not seem to be a convincing enough argument for some users of Windows. In fact, there are still many that still run unsupported versions of Windows on their devices.
Microsoft will reveal more information about Windows 11 next week. After all this marketing and advertising of the upcoming operating system we expect that the company will proudly announce the free availability. Not to forget the goal: At least one computer with Windows in every home.