Microsoft says Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for recent buyers

Fortune

Windows 10, Microsoft’s first updated version of its computer operating system since 2012, will be offered as a free upgrade for most Windows users, the company said at a product unveiling Wednesday afternoon.

For a limited time — up to one year after the new operating system launches — Windows 7 and 8 users will get a free upgrade to Windows 10. In a live-streaming launch event, Microsoft [fortune-stock symbol=”MSFT”] announced the offer while also highlighting features of the new software, including the addition of Cortana — the Microsoft digital assistant found on Windows phones — to PCs. Windows 10 also brings the return of the Windows start menu, which had been removed from the previous iteration of the software.

Windows 8 was introduced in 2012, proving unpopular and failing to gain widespread adoption among Windows users. Microsoft later released an upgraded version, Windows 8.1, but that did little to…

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