End date announced for free Windows 10 upgrade


Microsoft has announced an end date for the free Windows 10 upgrade currently available to users with accessibility issues.

Special World previously reported that the 29 July 2016 deadline set by Microsoft for its free Windows 10 upgrade offer for customers running Windows 7 or 8.1 would not apply to those using assistive technologies (AT).

But without any means of restricting access to those in need of AT it seems likely that many non-qualifying users will have availed themselves of the offer.

When discussing eligibility Microsoft’s webpage dedicated to the upgrade says:

We are not restricting the upgrade offer to specific assistive technologies. If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the upgrade offer.

Now all that seems set to end.

Update for free until 31st December 2017.

The page now urges users to ‘take advantage of this offer before it expires on December 31, 2017’.

The deadline’s introduction appears to have been very low key. Technology sleuths have traced it to a 17 October posting on the MSFT Accessibility Twitter feed, which simply reads:

If you’re using assistive technologies and want to update to Windows 10, free upgrade available until Dec. 31, 2017.


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