Microsoft is introducing free updates for the Windows 10 operating system to help users upgrade to the next version of the company’s mobile operating system.
Starting on Feb. 18, Windows 10 users will be able to download updates that contain security fixes and improvements to their operating system that will help them to stay up-to-date with the latest security fixes for their devices.
The updates will be available to all users in the U.S. on a trial basis.
The free updates will come in two forms: the new Microsoft Update Catalog and the free Windows 10 Update Catalog.
The Windows 10 update catalog will be a list of all the updates available for download, with an option to buy a license to download additional updates, Microsoft said in a blog post.
Users can also opt to buy Windows 10 licenses to download other Microsoft updates.
For Windows 10 owners, Microsoft is offering free upgrade packages for the device, which includes a two-year subscription to Windows Update, Microsoft’s new subscription service.
Those are also available on a subscription basis.
Those licenses will automatically renew after the two-month subscription period.
For those who opt to purchase the new licenses, they will also receive an additional 30 days of Windows 10 upgrades on their devices if they are not using Windows 10 on their PCs.
The upgrade packages include a free two-time Windows 10 upgrade for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Enterprise.
These are available on both Windows 10 devices and PCs.
For anyone who is not already a Windows 10 Insider member, Microsoft will be providing free upgrade to Windows 10 for free, and the company said Windows Insiders will also be able get the new free Windows update catalog.
Microsoft also announced a free upgrade for users who are upgrading from a device with a legacy version of Windows.
This includes devices that are running the most recent Windows 10, as well as devices that have a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system or later.
The company said it plans to launch a free version of its Windows 10 Anniversary Update in early April.
For more details on the Windows Anniversary Update, see our article.
Microsoft has a history of providing free updates to Windows users for Windows Insider members.
The company first introduced free updates in October 2015, when the Anniversary Update was available for free on Windows Insides.
Microsoft said that in November 2015, Windows Insayers received a $1.9 billion free upgrade offer.
Microsoft also offered free updates from the start of 2016 through early 2019.
In October 2016, Microsoft rolled out a free Windows Update catalog for Windows 7 and Windows 8 and Windows RT, which included a Windows Update Catalog for the most current version of all Windows 7, 8.x, and RT products.
The free catalog included updates from Microsoft, including updates for all of its apps and services, the Windows Insider app, the Microsoft Store, and Office 365.
Microsoft said the Windows Update Delivery Center will be updated with more updates in the coming weeks.
For Windows 10 and Windows Insists, Microsoft plans to roll out updates in phases over the coming months, starting with the Anniversary update.