It took Microsoft a while, but it finally figured out how to get more computer users to upgrade to its next version of Windows: give it away for free. Yep, if you haven't been reading my Windows 10 stories so far, then I have good news.
When Windows 10 arrives on July 29, you can upgrade your Windows 7 or 8.1 computer to Windows 10 for free (Windows 8 users will need to take the free upgrade to 8.1 first). However, last week it seems like Microsoft had opened up another way for anyone to get a free copy of Windows 10. But that good news was short lived as Microsoft backtracked. Sort of.
The story goes like this. Last Friday, Microsoft announced that anyone who downloaded the Windows 10 Insider preview would get Windows 10 for free. That left everyone scratching their heads because it seemed like an odd move, even for the "new" Microsoft.
Then Microsoft turned around a bit later and said only Windows 7 and 8.1 users would get 10 for free, and all was right with the universe again. But then, over the weekend, Microsoft executive Gabriel Aul tweeted that anyone "running a prerelease build connected with a registered MSA [Microsoft Account]" would get Windows 10 for free.
So, now everyone was back to head scratching, but at least that was the end of it, right?