Microsoft will this week roll out the last ever version of Windows for free to more than two million Kiwi personal computers across the world.
Windows 10, which takes all the best elements from previous iterations of the personal computer operating system, will arrive over the internet on Wednesday for users who have registered an interest in the upgrade.
This means that all computers running on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 are eligible for the upgrade, so long as they meet Windows 10’s minimum requirements, which means most computers sold after October 2009 will qualify. Microsoft Development Executive Jerry Nixon announced in May “Windows 10 is the last version of Windows”.
The company also said that from Wednesday Windows would be delivered as a service, bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner.
It expected a “long future” for Windows which would be updated gradually, one application at a time, rather than through a major overhaul and re-release every two or three years.
Millions of computer users have been running preview versions of Windows 10 for months, but Wednesday’s release is the complete version and the offer for existing users will last a year.
About weeks ago, Microsoft has been alerting the owners of eligible computers by placing a small white Windows logo in the bottom right hand corner of the computer screen. Clicking on the logo leads to a prompt that urges registration via email.
According to Microsoft New Zealand Technology Evangelist, Nathan Mercer, Microsoft would do something new with the installation.
“You initiate the Windows 10 upgrade from your activated Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 machine, this stores your Windows 10 upgrade license in the cloud so you can use it later,” Mercer said. “The license will continue to work for reinstalling Windows 10 after the free upgrade period ends on the same device.”