Microsoft this year offered all Windows users a free upgrade to Windows 10. The offer ended on 29 July. The year long free upgrade really gave users the chance to experience the sweetness of a full Windows license. While the free upgrade offer is gone, there seems to be a way to still get a free upgrade. Microsoft is still offering the free Windows 10 upgrade for people who use Assistive Technologies.
During the Assistive Technologies Windows 10 upgrade, there is no point where Microsoft validates the use of Assistive technologies. This technically means the upgrade is still available for anyone using Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Microsoft seem to be working on an ‘honor’ kind of system.
The Windows 10 upgrade would otherwise set you back $119 for the Home edition or $199 for the Pro edition. This is definitely more than enough reason to get this freeie while it lasts.
What are Assistive Technologies?
Assistive Technology (AT) is a device or software used by people with disabilities. According to Microsoft, these include Alternative keyboards, Electronic pointing devices, Sip-and-puff system, Wands and sticks, Joysticks, Trackballs, Touch screens, Braille embossers, Keyboard filters, Light signaler alerts, On-screen keyboards, Reading tools and learning disabilities programs, Refreshable Braille displays, Screen enlargers, or screen magnifiers, Screen readers, Speech recognition or voice recognition programs, Text-to-Speech (TTS) or speech synthesizers, Talking and large-print word processors, TTY/TDD conversion modems
When does the offer end?
Microsoft have not mentioned when this offer will end. If they decide to end it then we can expect them to make an announcement in advance.
How to get free upgrade to Windows 10
From your Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 device, go to the webpage entitled “Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies.” Click on the Upgrade now button. Run the executable file to install the upgrade. From there on, you will get prompts on what to do.