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    Default Windows 10 will be free to for owners of Windows 7 and 8.1

    that's great news. though only for the first year.

    http://anandtech.com/show/8918/micro...dows-10-update

    but it seems there is a catch as microsoft didnt announce any versions. my intuition says most features will need to be purchased. only basic functional portion is free. after all it is microsoft. any other thoughts?

    - - - Updated - - -

    * it seems i missed the "upgrade" in the title.

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    I'm a bit concerned about the mention of "Year". Will windows convert into a subscription based service, like Office 365?

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    They really needed to clarify on that, most reputable sites are guessing that the upgrade-conversion (7/8.1 to 10) will be free for the first year and afterwards MS will charge the standard upgrade price. Those you upgrade during the year will have the regular life-time license...or at least I hope that's the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swapnil View Post
    I'm a bit concerned about the mention of "Year". Will windows convert into a subscription based service, like Office 365?
    MS doesn't have the bargaining power to demand that kind of subscription. Although I've read somewhere that MS will allow streaming of xbox games to PC running windows 10. If that really happens then yearly subscription would make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minitt View Post
    MS doesn't have the bargaining power to demand that kind of subscription. Although I've read somewhere that MS will allow streaming of xbox games to PC running windows 10. If that really happens then yearly subscription would make sense.
    Yap, they demoed the streaming on yesterday's keynote. They are also allowing windows players and xbox players to play together in multiplayer games (if it is available on both windows and xbox). I think it is kinda cool.

    Also, I've read a bit more about it. Looks like there won't be any subscription. What I'm thinking about now is if I would be able to use my current 8.1 Pro key to clean install windows 10 within and after that 1 year period. If I can, then it would be pretty cool too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swapnil View Post
    Also, I've read a bit more about it. Looks like there won't be any subscription. What I'm thinking about now is if I would be able to use my current 8.1 Pro key to clean install windows 10 within and after that 1 year period. If I can, then it would be pretty cool too.
    You will probably be issued a new W10 key when applying for the upgrade.

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    Oh, that Xbox streaming is if you have an Xbox. Like nvidia game streaming. Not playstation's one where you can stream PS3 games running on the cloud on your PS4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codename5302 View Post
    but it seems there is a catch as microsoft didnt announce any versions. my intuition says most features will need to be purchased. only basic functional portion is free. after all it is microsoft. any other thoughts?
    Features like? Your hate is showing.
    The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.
    Please do not PM me for support. You will NOT get a reply. Post in the relevant forum section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CvP View Post
    Features like? Your hate is showing.
    microsoft is a necessary evil, you have to admit. i dont love them or hate them. this is one of the sleaziest companies. just look at how many things died at their hands. even in gaming they killed hardware sound acceleration, several beloved ips, pc gaming got a big hit due to them cause of gfwl (the most awful product) and lastly nokia. i dont find any good reason to love them. fyi i use the original version of win 7, xbox360 and lumia phone.

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