Windows users are eagerly expecting the first public preview of Windows 9 which will bring back not only the Start-button but also open the desktop for immersive apps to be run there like any other Windows-application. So far we have only seen screenshot-leaks and still expect the first unofficial iso-images to pop up. While these might not be the killer features you expect from a new system, Windows 9 could cause an update-revolution for another reason: Microsoft is rumored to make Windows 9 a free giveaway for nearly all existing Windows users.

Various sources report that a free Windows 9 still is not off the table. The discussion just started to heat up again on the My Digital Life Forum where it had made the rounds already in May.

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Also Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet still considers the free Windows 9 an option which isn’t off the table and says it might include upgraders of Vista or even XP. While we hear this rumor talk about free updates for Windows 7 since a while, the XP-option would definitely mean a shift of Microsoft’s general OS strategy. There are basically no windows-systems running on versions older than XP, which means Microsoft would make Windows 9 a free system for all current legal users of the OS.

It could be a smart option to buy old licences of Windows XP which are still being sold on Amazon and similar sites at prices around $60 – just to get your hands on a free Windows 9 lateron.

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