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Windows 9 may be free for Windows 8 users

Microsoft's Indonesian president suggests Windows 8 users could upgrade for free

According to Diantoro, upgrading to Windows 9 would be 'easy' for Windows 8 users
According to Diantoro, upgrading to Windows 9 would be 'easy' for Windows 8 users

When it comes out, Windows 9 may be made available to Windows 8 users free of charge, according to Microsoft's Indonesia president, Andrew Diantoro.

Speaking to Indonesian site Detik iNet, Diantoro suggested that Windows 9 may be released for free, provided that users already have Windows 8 installed on their device. He also suggested that Windows devices would upgrade to Windows 9 automatically, as was the case when Microsoft rolled out Windows 8.1.

"It will be easy. When the OS is launched later, users who have been using Windows 8 just need to do the update via their device," the website quoted him as saying.

Diantoro did, however, say that users who wanted to stick with Windows 8 could choose to do so, and only upgrade when they feel ready.

If Diantoro is right on his assertions, it would mark a change at Microsoft for rolling out new versions of its flagship operating system. Traditionally, the vendor charges users to upgrade to new versions of Windows. The new strategy would mirror that of Apple's, which decided upon the release of OS X Mavericks to make OS updates free to existing users.

There is currently no release date set for Windows 9, and rumours have suggested that Microsoft may even ditch the ‘Windows' name for its next release. It is thought that a rebrand would distance the new operating system from the poorly received Windows 8.