If you’re still on an older license of Windows, this is your chance to start off 2017 with a bang – with a free Windows 10 upgrade.
While the general window for a free upgrade ended on July 29, 2016, Microsoft is still offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for those who use assistive technologies.
Oddly enough, Microsoft has defined “assistive technologies” in such a broad way as to include absolutely everyone in the game. As it stands, the upgrade license is open to anyone with a valid Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8.1 license.
Note: You cannot use this offer to upgrade from Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise or Windows RT/RT 8.1
Windows 10 is expected to get continued support for several years, meaning those who upgrade won’t have to pay for another update until the support period ends.
According to Microsoft, mainstream support for Windows 10 will end on October 13, 2020, while extended support ends on October 14, 2025.
And that’s a huge thing, simply because the Windows 10 Creators Update coming later this year is just the beginning of many major updates that will bring full holographic, 3D and augmented reality experiences to Windows 10 users over the next few years.
So, if you get your free Windows 10 upgrade now, you don’t pay a single cent for almost four years.
Once the first support period has ended in 2020, there may well be a Windows 11 on the horizon. Or, who knows, maybe even a Windows 20 for the year 2020? Worst case scenario, you may have to get on the latest Windows 10 update that drops just before then. That means you may have to upgrade your device in case it isn’t hardware-compatible with the Windows 10 version released at that time.
For now, however, you can expect Windows 10 to stick around for a while. To get the Windows 10 upgrade for free, please visit Microsoft’s Accessibility page and follow the instructions on that page.
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