Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Will Remain A Free Upgrade For Users With Assistive Technology

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Microsoft has announced that end of the free Windows 10 upgrade period – July 29 – will not apply to users with assistive technologies, so they will be allowed to continue installing the new operating system without paying for a license.

However for everyone else Microsoft confirmed that it sticks to its original plan of ending the free upgrade period for Windows7, 8 and 8.1 on July 29.

After this date, anyone who wants to upgrade to Windows 10 will have to pay for a license. Windows 10 Home will cost $119 (110 EUR), just like it was the case of the Home edition of Windows 8.1.

Microsoft said:

As you may have heard, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is set to end on July 29, but we want to clarify that that deadline will *not* apply to customers who use assistive technologies. We are continuing to deliver on our previously-shared vision for accessibility for Windows 10 and we are committed to ensuring that users of assistive technologies have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free as we do so.

Microsoft has confirmed it will release more information about how users with qualifying assistive technology can continue to take advantage of the free upgrade offer in the coming weeks.  You can read more about the accessibility roadmap for Windows 10 on the Microsoft Issues blog.

They said they are still on track to achieve their goal of 1 billion active devices by 2017, and recently confirmed the number of active machines running Windows 10 is at 300 million.