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Windows 10: The trick to migrate for free will end on the 31st

More than a year after ending the free update program to Windows 10, Microsoft is preparing to remove the last official option to still perform this migration.

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Windows 10: The trick to migrate for free will end on the 31st
Windows 10: The trick to migrate for free will end on the 31st

The chop date approaches. If you expect to upgrade to a free Windows 10 update using the “assistive technologies” exception, you need to act quickly. Microsoft has indeed quietly announced the end of the exceptions from December 31 next.

Recall that on July 29, 2016, Microsoft officially ended the Get Windows 10 program, which offered free Windows 10 upgrades to anyone using an earlier version of Windows. But society had left a giant flaw.

A tip in place since July 2016

According to the terms of a separate advertisement, the publisher explained that people using “assistive technologies” had an automatic extension of the free upgrade offer and as a spokesman for Microsoft said at the time:

“We do not limit the free upgrade offer to specific assistive technologies, but if you are using assistive technology on Windows, you can take advantage of the free upgrade offer. is not intended to be a workaround for people who do not use assistive technology and have missed the deadline for the free offer.”

During a previous week, Microsoft has quietly modified this page. Under the FAQ section, the original version stated: “We will make a public announcement before ending the offer.”

This passage has been modified and replaced as follows: “The upgrade offer for accessibility expires on December 31, 2017.”

End of an exception on December 31, 2017

The general upgrade page on Windows 10 FAQ has also been revised to include the expiration date of this offer. The “last revision” date of this page is 24 October 2017.

To partially justify this original exception, Microsoft explained still working on accessibility options for Windows 10, with a specific reference to the changes planned for the Anniversary Update in July 2016. Since then, two versions followed and Anniversary Update is now the oldest version of Windows 10 still supported.

The practical impact of this change should be minimal. Companies that have planned their migrations to Windows 10 do not build their budget based on this flaw. Individuals and small businesses that have not been updating for more than two years retain the original operating system installed on their older hardware by choice.

The question is whether Microsoft plans to boost its activation code and start rejecting the automatic issue of a digital license for Windows 10 when upgrading Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on hardware. older.

We will not know the answer to this question until December 31st.

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