From what I’ve been hearing, Microsoft might have been planning to allow insiders to get the final version of Windows 10 for free, but as time passes it appears that they’re starting to think that doing that might be a bad idea. After their first announcement that Windows 10 would be free to Microsoft Insiders (Beta Testers) They seem to be reversing course and saying that you’ll need a valid Windows 7/8.1 license. Of course this isn’t a surprise to me. I got into the Windows 7 and 8 Betas and at the end of each I needed to get a full version of the OS before I could keep on using the computer. (Also it required a full install, erasing everything on the machine) Now I’m prepairing for the full release of Windows 10, I currently have two machines running the Tech Preview, they will probably get reset to their original versions of Windows before too long.
It is interesting seeing that Microsoft is planning to allow Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade for free at any time during the first year though.
Also on a side note, I really hope that Microsoft returns window border customization. The pure white windows are really starting to hurt my eyes. If I could customize the system more, I’d be so happy.