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In The News 01-23-15

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by | Filed Under: In The News

Windows 10 Will Be Free To Window 7 & 8 Users

When Windows 10 is released to the public later this year, it will be a free upgrade to those already using Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. 

At a presentation highlighting the new features of Windows 10, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson said the company wanted a unified version of Windows.  Customers will have to upgrade within the first year after Windows 10 is released to qualify for the free upgrade and the upgrade will be supported for the lifetime of the device.

Microsoft Ends Free Tech Support For Windows 7

As Windows 10 enters the market, mainstream support for Windows 7 is finished right on schedule. Microsoft promises mainstream support for five years after the general release or two years after the successor product is released, whichever is longer.  That doesn’t mean security support is over for the popular OS, sticking with Microsoft’s 10-year security support policy, that will continue until January of 2020.


What that does mean is that no new features will be added to Windows 7 and that there is no free tech support offered for Windows 7 software. 


Facebook Wants To Come To Work With You

Usually your boss would prefer that you not get on Facebook at work, but the social media giant is hoping to change that with its Facebook at Work app.  It allows companies to create their own smaller social networks where employees can (hopefully) post information pertinent to work to share.  The apps will work similar to the way Facebook groups operate. 


Only a few selected test companies will be able to download the app at first.


~ Cynthia


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3 Responses to “In The News 01-23-15”

  1. Gary Gililland says:

    Thanks for the update. Seems like Microsoft finally has their customeers best interest in mind….

  2. Keith Monson says:

    Your Windows 10 article is not complete. In order to get the free upgrade you have to join Microsoft Insider panel. It’s free to join just go over to Microsoft’s website and click the big Windows 10 banner.

    • cynthia says:

      Keith, in this article I am talking about upgrading Windows 7 and 8.1 computers to Windows 10 – something that Microsoft is not yet offering. You are referring to the Windows 10 Technical Preview that allows you test out and provide feedback on Windows 10. For that you do need to sign up at Microsoft’s website. However, this preview is not the final version of Windows 10 and it is not the same thing as upgrading your Windows 7 or 8 computer to 10.

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