Along with unveiling details today about the upcoming release of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that Windows 7.1 and Windows 8 users will be able to upgrade to the latest version free of charge within the first year of the release. This is a clear indication that Microsoft wants to drive quick adoption of this platform by enticing users to jump over and beyond Windows 8.
I am anxious to see if business customers will be able to take advantage of the free upgrade opportunity. Line of business software providers will need to quickly develop, test, and support the latest OS in order for businesses to make the leap within the first 12 months. The sooner businesses ask about and press for compatibility, the better.
The move to Windows 10 will likely be easier for consumer users and their familiarity with the new OS, good or bad, will also influence business adoption pace.