On April 11, 2017, one Windows version will be born while another dies. Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to drop to the general public on April 11; the same day, Microsoft will cease all life support for Windows Vista. If you’re on an older version of Windows 10, that’s how much of a window you have to upgrade to Windows 10.
Fortunately, the free upgrade option for Windows 10 is still available to you
Yup, we’ve been reminding our readers – almost every week, to be honest – that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer is still open, and that Microsoft is well aware of that fact. Though they’ve purportedly kept the porch light on for users of assistive technologies such as screen readers and so on, their secondary intent is to provide an alternative for those who’d rather not pay for Windows 10.
Why Get It Before April 11, 2017?
On April 11, when Windows 10 Creators Update drops to all current devices running Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft could stop the free option forever. From that day, there will no longer be an ethical and moral way to get a Windows 10 upgrade for free – well, not unless you’re a charity organization, anyway.
Is the assistive technologies upgrade an ethical one?
Yes, absolutely. Microsoft itself defines assistive technology users in a very broad way. Of note is the fact that, even if you only use keyboard shortcuts (like copy-paste, etc.), you’re considered eligible. And don’t forget, it’s not some third-party vendor trying to peddle you a pirated version – it’s Microsoft making the offer, freely and willingly. Else they would have shut it down or, at the very least, put restrictions on what types of assistive technologies qualify for the offer.
So go ahead and get your Windows 10 free upgrade before April 11. Microsoft could be closing the offer any time soon.
Here’s the link to the download page once again:
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