Microsoft ends its free offer of upgradation to Windows 10

Pat Wise
January 16, 2018

A closeup of the reminder on Microsoft's assistive-technology website, which you'll need to access to kick off the free upgrade to Windows 10.

Anyone visiting this site from their Windows computer, who clicks to confirm they use assistive technologies, can still access the free upgrade.

In July 2016, Microsoft officially ended the Get Windows 10 program, which offered anyone running a supported version of Windows a free upgrade to Windows 10. Yet, for those users who were tapping accessibility tools, the deadline was extended to December 2017.

Microsoft recently extended the deadline for the upgrade offer to January, having previously set it at December 31, 2017. It might be laziness or fear or apps not working, though we've certainly seen stronger compatibility with Windows 10 from older Windows 8 apps, and indeed better support since Windows 10 is not only supported, but also feels better across laptops and tablets than the more tablet-oriented Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.

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So, if you do own a Windows 8.1 machine, play around with its dictation functions for a bit, then take advantage of the free upgrade offer to Windows 10. But there's still a last-ditch upgrade path to Windows 10: Microsoft's assistive technology loophole, which closes January 16.

In Microsoft's world view, consumers should have already migrated to Windows 10, a modern OS with big fixes, patches, and period updates. Yet, since there's no official word from the company that remains pure speculation.

Today onwards, upgrading to Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro will cost $119.99 and $199.99 respectively. But if you want it for free just remember the deadline is today, January 16.

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