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Supposedly, Windows 9 will be a free upgrade for all existing owners of Windows 8. We are reporting this as a rumor, even though the source of the intel claims it has been confirmed, because Microsoft themselves have yet to confirm it publicly. Here's a quote with the details,
According to Diantoro, the Windows 9 upgrade will be available free of charge to all existing Windows 8 users once it’s released. Apparently, users will be able to easily install the Windows 9 update after downloading it from Microsoft, which is how Apple’s OS X updates have been rolled out to Macs for a few years now. For what it’s worth, some of the recent Windows 9 leaks did say that Microsoft already has a tool in place that will allow users to easily perform software updates.
It’s not clear whether other Windows users who are on older versions of the OS will get any other special offers, and actual prices for Windows 9 have yet to be revealed. Microsoft is reportedly interested in moving many people from the older, and no longer supported, Windows XP and offering Windows 9 as a free download might be a great incentive for some.
We will keep an eye out for any solid corroboration of this. Sound off if you are using Windows 8 and will be one of the lucky folks to get Windows 9 for free.