For the first time in the history of Windows, you will have a chance of upgrading to the latest version at no charge. That is another major highlight Microsoft has given us today in their announcements on the latest operating system.
For a total of one year from when the OS launches, users will have a chance to upgrade their systems for free (with system updates and support for the life of the device). Nothing new here since Apple has already been offering such a feature, but this would mark the first time Microsoft has ever offered its operating system as a free upgrade.
You will have to already have an up-to-date copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 (enterprise editions are excluded) running on your PC in order to qualify, as well as a connection to the internet and support the minimum hardware requirements. Windows Phone 8.1 users will also have access to the upgrade once it launches (which was to be expected).
Obviously the Xbox One will be receiving an update to its dashboard as well to support the new cross-platform compatibility and features. Microsoft did not comment on when such an update may occur.
They also could not confirm an official release date for the Windows 10 operating system in general.