It’s been quite a few years since the launch of the Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft launched its latest Windows with some of the new and exciting features and gave existing Windows 7 and 8 users an opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. This offer remained intact for a couple of years until last July. However, there’s been one exception: Microsoft still offered free upgrade to Windows 10 to those users who used Microsoft’s accessibility features.
The latest news, though, is that, Microsoft has made a rather lowkey announcement that free upgrades for those who opted for assistive technologies will come to an end on December 31st, 2017.
Window’s Accessibility Features are a set of features designed to give users with hearing or seeing problems a better experience while working with Windows. The free upgrade through the use of these features is about to come to an end. Microsoft website stated that the free upgrade will end on 31st December 2017.
If you’re looking for a free upgrade, you only have less than 2 months left. After the deadline, you’ll have to pay $100 to buy the Windows 10. Microsoft hasn’t disclosed why the company has decided to end the free upgrade offer.
The free upgrade for Windows 10 was offered in the wake of increasing the overall market shares of the product. Due to this share-boosting strategy, Windows 10 passed Windows 8 and 8.1 in terms of market shares. Even though Windows 10 crossed Windows 8 and 8.1, it couldn’t achieve the success like that of Windows 7.
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Windows 7 is still popular among the users
Around 30% of the devices all around the world have Windows 10 installed whereas the percentage of Windows 7 installed on devices is 46. This means that even with the free upgrade offer, users are more attached to the Windows 7 as it has gained such loyal followers that they aren’t even accepting a free upgrade to the latest Windows 10 with all the new and exciting features.
The question is, will you freely upgrade to Windows 10 in the near future or is your previous Windows still worth all of it?