Gartner analyst, Michael Silver, in a report released Friday, stated that Microsoft will discontinue upgrade of XP based PCs to Windows 7 for free once the first Windows 7 service pack debuts after October. Though the plan has not been made public by Microsoft, it was noted in a research by an analyst of the IT advisory firm.
Microsoft plans to release Windows 7 by 22nd of October, but has not stated when the first service pack will become available. The analyst report has it that Microsoft designs these program limitations to persuade organizations to enter Enterprise Agreements, enroll licenses in Software Assurance or purchase upgrade rights to run Windows 7.
Gartner's report also warned businesses to evaluate their applications before switching from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7 in order to avoid compatibility issues.