Windows 9 Could Be Free for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 Users
Word has it that Windows XP, Vista, and 7 might be allowed to upgrade free of charge to Windows 9 in order to boost adoption of the new operating system and thus convince more users to upgrade. This would clearly help not only Microsoft, but also the PC industry, which is still struggling to boost sales despite the release of the Windows 8 modern operating system.
This is an interesting rumor if it were true. It could go a long way toward erasing the ill will against Windows 8.
New computers with the option of Windows 8 only was a killer. Like who works with a workstation that would want to be encumbered with Windows 8? But all the computer vendors could advertise and sell was "Windows 8" because they believe (and it's true) that the general market assumes that if they buy the latest then they will be getting the best. Remember when everyone was so keen to swallow the "Windows Vista" pill only to rush to the doctors straight after?
So I was relieved to find some of our local computer vendors offering the choice of Windows 8 or 7 with all of their new computers including notebooks.
Sad reality is that MS has screwed the pooch several times since XP (Vista, Win8) that even a free version of Win9 might not find many adopters. The XP folks will probably be SOL for hardware reasons, and the Win7 guys and gals are looking for at least 14 years (XP as an example) support... so Win9 would have to be Extra Special!
I also suspect that few of the early Win7 machines will be hardware ready for Win9... But that's something we'll have to investigate if and when this apparent vaporware report can be put to the test.