Microsoft's Windows 10 is going to be out in July and I'm excited about its new features, and the fact that it's going to be a FREE upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Click here to learn more about what Windows 10 brings to the table.
The big question for some people, though, is what Microsoft is going to do about pirated versions of Windows, or what Microsoft calls "Non-Genuine" Windows. There was a rumor going around that they were getting the free upgrade, too.
This actually does make a bit of sense. Most Non-Genuine Windows machines are in other countries where computer sellers churn out cheap computers using a single copy of Windows.
Buyers in these countries don't have much choice except to purchase a computer with Non-Genuine Windows. They could upgrade to a Genuine copy of Windows, but many don't have the money to upgrade to a Genuine copy, or know they need to.
This means they have a higher risk for viruses and other online security threats. So, is Microsoft going to bite the bullet for them?
You won't be surprised to learn that the answer is "no." Microsoft has come out with an official statement that clearly says, "With Windows 10, we have extended an offer to our Genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10 for free."
It goes on to say, "our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state."
In other words, if you don't have a Genuine copy of Windows, you're out of luck. However, Microsoft does say that it's working with OEM partners to create "very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state."
There's no word yet on what these deals might be, but Microsoft is aware that for some people money is a problem and is trying to help. That's good for the rest of us, since fewer unsecured computers in the world means we're all safer.
Are you planning to upgrade to Windows 10 when it comes out? Please let me know in the comments below.