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Posted On May 25, 2021
Microsoft has today announced it will be offering a “free” version of Windows 8 and Windows 10 for all current and former users, with no need to upgrade.
Microsoft has not yet revealed the terms of the offer, but it seems to be similar to that of Microsoft’s Windows 7 upgrade offer.
Microsoft’s new offer is for new users and is available to current and prospective users on the Xbox, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 platforms.
This free version will only be available for those on Windows 8, with the Xbox version to be available later in 2018.
Microsoft will only offer the offer for new or existing users, which is a significant shift from its previous support of both Windows 8 users and existing Windows 7 users.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft is still offering a limited version of the Microsoft Office 365 Email login for current users on Windows 7 PCs and tablets.
For those on the Windows 8 platforms, Microsoft is also offering an Office 365 subscription to the Xbox One, a new Windows 10 offering.
The new offer follows the same Windows 10 upgrade offer that Google released earlier this year, which also provided users a free trial of the Google Chrome browser.
The offer comes in the wake of a series of recent news stories, including reports that Google was testing an alternative browser called Chromium.
The move follows a similar move by Microsoft to give current users a new free version of Chrome.
As a reminder, a Chromium browser is an alternative web browser for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, and is currently available for Windows 7, Windows 8 devices and Windows RT devices.
Microsoft previously offered a free version for all existing users of the Office 365 email program.
Windows 8’s new offering comes at a time when Microsoft is looking to focus more on its Xbox gaming console and Surface tablet offerings.
It also comes as Microsoft looks to bring more of its desktop and mobile products to Windows 10, and Windows Central has reported that the company is testing an overhaul of its Office 365 support to accommodate the switch to the new platform.