...so it is not yet the end of the world.
It certainly isn’t for those who want an upgrade to Windows 10. Even after 29th of July, 2016 Microsoft offers the option of upgrading to its newest software for free. Some of you have probably guessed already that there is a catch, but first things first …
Microsoft gave notice more than a year ago about the fateful day when upgrading to Windows 10 for free won’t be possible anymore. The day lived up to its promise, but as we found out later the rule doesn’t apply to all. Thus upgrading for free is still an option, but only if you use assistive technology.
The new Microsoft rule
This move by Microsoft is certainly very considerate, as it caters to those people among us who rely on specialized technological assistance in order to work on computers.
The company states on its official website: “Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we’ve taken a number of steps to improve the accessibility of Windows 10. To learn more, read our blog that details some of these improvements”.
What exactly do they mean by this term? According to the website zive.cz, assistive technologies comprise “[...]hardware tools as well as new Windows assistive tools. Microsoft wants to offer Windows 10 to this group of users specifically because the 10th Anniversary Update will contain features catered to them, such as improved text-reader Narrator”.
But does Microsoft check in any way if you are actually using these technologies? As you may guess the answer to this question already — they don’t. It is completely up to you and your moral principles whether you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or not.