Windows 10 Early Sales Date set for this year's holiday shopping October 17th, 2014
Don’t be surprised if PC venders offer Windows 8.1 based laptops and desktops with a free or low cost upgrade to Windows 10 when it goes public next year.
I would not be surprised to even see computers being sold this holiday shopping season with the Windows 10 Technical Preview installed and a voucher for the RTM / GA (Release To Manufacturing / General Availability) build as part of the bargain.
Windows 8.1 is not what the public wants as shown by the latest market share figures which show Windows 7 with a nearly 53% share (an actual increase from the prior month), Windows XP with 23.9% and Windows 8 / 8.1 with a combined total of only 12.3% a decline of about .25 percent from the previous month.
You can bet the Dell(s) HP(s), Acer(s) and others in this world do not want a dismal holiday season now that everyone knows that Windows 10 is coming. So what better way to sell than to offer Windows 10 now or with a upgrade voucher. The big question is will Microsoft accommodate them?