Microsoft described the free upgrades as an “assistive technology loophole” which will be closed today. The tech giant has no longer offered free upgrades to its latest operating system since July 2016. Yet, for those users who were tapping accessibility tools, the deadline was extended to December 2017.
In December, Microsoft extended the deadline even more, until January 16. If you want a free Windows upgrade (last chance) you need to access the company’s official accessibility website and look for the Upgrade Now section.
To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade to Windows 10?
If you are not sure about the upgrade as Windows 8.1 works fine, you should take into account the fact that Microsoft has cut support for the OS on January 9. This means that you will no longer have access to bug fixes and other goodies. The good news is that Windows 8.1 will benefit from an extended security support until 2023. So, don’t worry about security updates for five more years.
Some users have voiced hope that the free upgrades to Windows 10 could be extended as well. After all, the company did extend the deadline for assistive technology loophole’s demise twice. Yet, since there’s no official word from the company that remains pure speculation.
So, if you have been undecided about the upgrade you better make up your mind now. It is worth noting that the Windows 10 Home retails for $119.99 and the Windows 10 Pro sells for $199.99 on the company’s website. But if you want it for free just remember the deadline is today, January 16.
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