Microsoft will offer free upgrades to Windows 10 — the next version of its operating system — first for Windows 8.1 users and then for Windows 7 users, the company announced this week.
In the first year the software is available, the company will upgrade any devices running Windows 8 to Windows 10 for free, according to Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems. The free upgrade will also apply to Windows 7 devices and Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
The free upgrade is only available for the first year. Microsoft has yet to announce the software’s price for the upgrade after that one-year window.
“We think of Windows as a service,” Myerson said during Microsoft’s Windows 10 unveiling event in Redmond, Wash. “Now developers can target every single Windows device.”
The move is likely designed to convince consumers that Windows is worth the effort. Windows 10 is an attempt to wipe the slate clean after missteps with Windows 8, including a new start menu that attracted complaints from PC users, who sorely missed the traditional menu.
More than half of all desktops in the world still run Windows 7. Almost 20 percent still run Windows XP, a 14-year-old operating system. Windows 8.1 has yet to reach 10 percent.
Hardware companies have increasingly been giving away software upgrades to keep their users tied to their ecosystems. Apple, for example, has made both its Mac OS and iOS free, as well as many of its productivity and photo management tools.
Are you looking forward to the new upgrade? Will upgrading to a trial version Windows 10 entice you to buy the full priced-version after all? Share your thoughts below.
Earlier this week T-Mobile announced that an exciting Twitter Press Conference to “Unleash” a bit more news for customers and competition alike. T-Mobile had two big pieces of tablet news to announce yesterday, (in perfect timing that they both come on the heels of the iPad Air reveal.) Could T-Mobile really be unleashing new freebies our way?
Freebies is an understatement. T-Mobile is offering everyone 200 MB of 4G LTE data free every month, indefinitely, regardless of whether or not you’re a T-Mobile customer. If you have a 4G LTE tablet, you can use it with T-Mobile’s network. Since 200 MB isn’t very much data to work with, T-Mobile hopes that this freebie lures you away from the competition. For example, you can score $10 per month for unlimited 3G data plus 500 MB of 4G LTE data, then $10 more every time you want to get 2 GB more of 4G LTE data (tablet pricing only.) A second major freebie T-Mobile is offering customers the iPad Air for free when it hits on November 1 without a penny out of your pocket (the day of purchase). Instead, you’ll have to pay in monthly installments (which could work for different financial circumstances) at a T-Mobile starting November 1.
Let’s see, grab an iPad Air from T-Mobile and walk out without any money leaving your wallet AND ON TOP OF THAT the free 200 MB of 4G LTE for life applies for the iPad Air, too? I know plenty of people that may snatch this deal up before it becomes extinct.
Starbucks won’t be the only go-to hot-spot for quick Wi-Fi action for long. Fashionistas can rejoice, haute fashion house Saks Fifth Avenue has announced that Wi-Fi service from AT&T is coming to all 44 locations across the United States. This is actually the culmination of a gradual roll-out that began last November at the original store in New York City. Now, you’ll be able to connect at any location – Saks suggests that you use it to view their FashionFix app, which introduces you to even more fashions and features an event calendar for all the store locations.
What do you think, can you see yourself breaking out the laptop at Saks?
On the heels of New York Fashion Week, fashion’s most exclusive event, Old Navy is throwing the year’s most inclusive fashion show. On Friday, September 14 from 4-8pm ET, Old Navy is inviting women of all shapes and sizes to model Rockstar Skinny Jeans at The Fit for Fall Fashion Show for All in New York’s Bryant Park.
Everyone who struts their stuff on the jean-shaped runway will walk away with a free pair of Rockstar jeans. (The colored denim line, available in 31 shades, retails for $34.50.)
“Our Rockstar skinny jeans offer the perfect fit for every body, and we’re inviting everybody to rock them on our runway,” saidMichelle DeMartini, senior vice president, Old Navy Adult Merchandising and Brand Licensing. “We’re doing a fashion show the Old Navy way, bringing the fun to all and turning our customers into models.”
Can’t make it to NYC on Friday? On Thursday, September 13, select stores in Atlanta,Chicago, Dallas, Lo
Everyone’s favorite camera company – Kodak is giving you yet another reason to love them even more…Free Photos! That’s right, Did you know there are 140 billion photos on Facebook? And you print 20 of them for free!
Here’s the math…
Kodak + Facebook = Free Photos At Kiosks
During Kodak Free Prints Week, Oct 17-23rd – at participating retailer partners, you can get up to 20 free* 4×6 prints from your Facebook photos at a KODAK Picture Kiosk!
Got photos of an amazing summer vacation? Print them out for FREE.
What about that birthday party that was so crazy, you need photographic evidence as proof? Print them out for FREE.
By “liking” Kodak on FACEBOOK this week only FACEBOOK users will be able to download a coupon to print up to twenty (20) free 4×6 instant prints from FACEBOOK at a Kodak Retail location Kiosk nationwide. Retail partners participating in Free Prints Week include CVS/pharmacy locations across North America, as well as select Bartell Drugs, Discount Drug Mart, Lewis Drugs and Ritz Camera locations.
Check out Kodak on Facebook to claim your free photos, hurry – Kodak Free Prints Week ends Sunday, October 23rd.
ARE YOU SUPER FUN?
PASSIONATE ABOUT SHOES/STYLE/NETWORKING?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME THE FACE FEATURED IN THE NEXT SOLESTRUCK LOOKBOOK?
No it’s not a scam, spam or useless information. For some women it’s a euphoric sound to their ears, and for others, its a chance to grab some free swag. Either way, Solestruck is giving away tons of free shoes tomorrow and YOU NEED TO BE THERE!
Check this out directly from the Solestuck.com blog site…
Hey people, the lookbook shoot is saturday—and we are looking for you HOT NYC LADIES! This is a LIVE CASTING, so show up at ten, the first 50 of you get shoes—and we choose ten of you to be featured in the book. Below is the basic infoL
- Step one. Email us to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond within 5 hours with info on the shoot.
- Do not arrive to the site before 9:45am.
- Casting begins at 10am.
- The First 50 models are given shoes just for coming! Limited to shoes on hand…..sizes on hand….so get there early for best free shoes!
- Since we are casting RIGHT ON THE SPOT plan on having your entire day blocked off if you want to be considered.
- If you are under 18 email us for a release form. Everyone else can fill a form out on site. Nobody will be seen without a release form.
- Get ready to party and work that look—this is going to be fun, crazy and full of the hottest shoes, clothing and models.
Oscar de la Renta is launching its first fragrance in 10 years — and it’s doing so via Facebook.
Over the next few weeks — or, until its supply of 5,000 runs out — the American fashion house will be giving away free samples of its new scent, Espirit d’Oscar, via a special section of its Facebook Page. The full eau de parfum will be available at beauty counters in approximately two weeks.
Michele de Bourbon, Oscar de la Renta’s head of marketing for fragrance, says that the brand’s Facebook fan base is becoming increasingly valuable to the company. And while many of those fans might not be able to purchase one of the label’s $4,000 signature cocktail dresses, many will be able to “experience the world of Oscar” through its more affordable fragrance line, she says.
This is the second time we’ve seen a major fragrance launch marketed on Facebook. Marc Jacobs launched a Facebook game titled “Bang, You’re It!” to build buzz around the launch of its first scent for men last year.
Oscar de la Renta has more than 120,000 fans on Facebook, and maintains an active presence on Twitter and Tumblr. The launch campaign was conceived by Oscar’s in-house marketing team and engineered by Buddy Media.
Thanks to Engadget.com we found this photo above of a 16GB WiFi iPad at a TJ Maxx in Vernon, NY. You might notice that they’re going for a relatively reasonable $399. Apparently you can also find them at store locations in Ohio and New Jersey. One store said they were saving their stock for Black Friday – so you might want to call ahead before heading over to your local TJ Maxx.
But why pay $399 for an iPad when you can WIN one for FREE!
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