Microsoft has brought its year-long Windows 10 upgrade promotion to an end. Until the deadline on July 29, customers running genuine copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 were able to upgrade to the next-generation desktop operating system free of charge.
Microsoft will now charge $119 for a full version of Windows 10 Home. Meanwhile, Windows 10 Pro will set you back $199. Thanks to its free upgrade scheme, Windows 10 reached the record for the fastest adoption rate of any Microsoft operating system. With 350 million devices now running the new desktop OS, it is more popular than Windows 8, although it still lags behind the trusted Windows 7.
If you missed the deadline for the Windows 10 free upgrade program last Friday, there is still a way to get it at no cost. However, it may not be the best thing to do. Morally, at least.
For anyone who requires assistive technology, such as screen dictation, Microsoft has extended the deadline to upgrade. And, there aren't too many restrictions associated with the offer. Microsoft isn't even verifying that those requesting this extension are using the assistive technology features.
If you'd like to request this extension, you can do so on the Windows 10 upgrade site. Just click the “Upgrade Now” button to download Windows 10. So far, Microsoft hasn't issued a deadline for when this extension will expire.
This simple loophole is surprising, as the mega tech company has been steadfast in its efforts to boost security. Still, given the company was forthright in trying to get Windows 10 on as many computers as possible, it perhaps isn't surprising that Microsoft isn't making the offer too restrictive.
It's also important to point out that Microsoft knows that this loophole exists. For that reason, we can only speculate that it's trying to boost the number of people who are upgrading to Windows 10.