I just found out that Microsoft is planning to give away free upgrades to Windows 10 for everyone already using Windows 7 or better. Apparently they expect that getting everyone onto that version will enable them to make lots more money from selling their other products than they could make if they were to charge for the upgrade.
As Windows 10 is due out at about the same time as Microsoft will be dropping support for Vista this should mean that they will be able to greatly simplify their support process by cutting the support for Windows 7 & 8 short after everyone has had the opportunity to upgrade (apparently we’ll need to upgrade within a year if we want it free).
I’d also expect this to impact on how quickly Internet Explorer disappears to be replaced by Microsoft’s new web browser.
The gap between those running a current Microsoft operating system and browser and those running old versions no longer supported will then be much wider.
What do you think will happen?