Microsoft long ago revealed that current Windows 7 and 8 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free as long as they do so within a year of the operating system’s launch. What wasn’t made clear was what happens after that year passes. Would Microsoft extend the offer in its quest to bring Windows 10 to one billion devices in three scant years?
In a post to Microsoft’s Australian Partner Network–and first spotted by Neowin–Alex Snelson, a Windows product marketing manager at Microsoft Australia, clarified what will happen after the deadline:
“Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the first year. After the first year, upgrades will be paid via boxed product and VL Upgrades.”