Owners of the latest versions of Windows, 7, 8.1 and 8.1 Phone, will have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10, free of charge, as soon as it becomes available to the public.

Microsoft announced at their briefing today, that within the first year of its release, users of the presently latest versions of Windows can choose to upgrade, or continue with their operating system of choice.

Windows 8 was meant to bring touch-screen tablet interfaces to PC’s, but was met with sitff resistance. The next version, 8.1, addressed and corrected many complaints, but Windows 10, markedly bypassing the “9,” is expected to bring the appreciated benefits of Windows 7 to the unifying interface of Windows 8.1.

For gamers, this can be a breath of fresh air, as it would provide free access to DirectX 12, the latest in the graphics enhancing software by Microsoft. The present versions of Windows, only supports up to DirectX 11.

Microsoft promises to release Windows 10 “later in the year” in 2015, according to the company’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson.

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