Previous rumours about the next version of Windows being a free upgrade, for existing Windows 8 users, seem to have been confirmed this weekend. Indonesian news site Detik, quoted the President of Microsoft Indonesia, Andreas Diantoro, as saying Windows 8 users will get the upgrade 'gratis'. (Via BGR)
The reports suggest that the Windows 9 upgrade will come to Windows 8 users much like the Windows 8.1 update arrived: as a download though the Windows Store. So that's Windows 8.X users covered, but what about Windows XP, Vista and 7 owners? While Microsoft is definitely interested in getting users to migrate to its newest OSes there is not yet any sign concerning upgrades and offers for people who use these older versions of Windows.
There's still a lot of chatter about the naming of the next version of Windows. Paul Thurrott reports that a Microsoft web site, since taken down, talked about 'Windows TH'. Other names we might see for the next version of Microsoft's OS are; 'Windows 1', 'Windows X' or just 'Windows'…
Tomorrow Microsoft will be holding its 'What's next for Windows and the enterprise' event in San Francisco. Hopefully we will find out much more about features, naming, pricing and upgrade offers then. We are also expecting to see the launch of the Windows Technical Preview which developers and other interested folk can download to test the newest Windows OS. NeoWin reports that this download will weigh in at just over 3GB (32-bit) or around 4GB (64-bit).