If you happen to have a PC, then you may want to pay attention to this. On July 29th, Microsoft will no longer offer free upgrades for Windows 10. The reasoning is to incentivize PC users to begin moving toward a universal platform in order to make upgrades run smoother and make maintenance and IT support more standardized. Until now, users could rely on using segmented versions of the operating system, effectively complicating methods for performing maintenance. Different segments of the operating system have had different features and settings, and since upgrades have been free, many users haven’t considered it worth the trouble to purchase the full thing. But starting in a little over a week from today, anyone using Windows 10 will have to purchase the $120 full operating system in order to receive upgrades.
Windows 10 first launched one year ago. At the start, it received some backlash, largely due to questionable privacy settings. Now, one year later, much of the initial criticism has faded, although most users continue to have some reservations about the operating system, especially considering the massive news story from 2013 released by former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden regarding the degree to which government agencies had been spying on millions of American citizens.
Yet the presumed paranoia among users did not seem to negatively impact Microsoft’s sales. Microsoft’s opening year of the new operating system experienced remarkable success. There are now some 300 million devices using the operating system, which is one of the fastest turnovers to a new operating system ever. This is largely thanks to the free upgrade feature, however, which means that the new move to cut users off from them may hurt their sales moving forward.
The adoption rate has already showed signs of slowing down before the cut off of upgrades has even began. It’s likely that the diminishing returns for the free upgrades is what has led Microsoft to cut the policy altogether, since it is no longer bringing forth the attention it had initially.
Bear in mind number of hardware companies that operate off of Microsoft operating systems. Included in that collection is Dell, HP, and many many more. If your company happens to be using Windows, which is quite likely considering that the business sector is where Microsoft makes most of its sales, then you may want to look into finding out the latest, and maybe consider purchasing the full operating system. Additionally, you’re also going to want to involve a small business IT support NYC team to keep an eye on everything whenever making an office wide transition. E-Valve Tech is at your service. Find out about all of our services and packages by giving us a call today at 646-564-3636.
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