Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th May 2015 00:13 UTC
Windows

Remember when Microsoft said everyone would get windows 10 for free, even users of pirated copies? Yeah - no, ain't going to happen.

Microsoft and our OEM partners know that many consumers are unwitting victims of piracy, and with Windows 10, we would like all of our customers to move forward with us together. While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we've always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state. In addition, in partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state.

Communication has never been the company's strong point.

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How have they backtracked ?
by mfarmilo on Sun 17th May 2015 23:45 UTC
mfarmilo
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2009-02-28

Microsoft already said a couple of months ago that non-genuine users would be able to upgrade to 10 for free, but would remain non-genuine. All they've done is clarify a little what that means, and all of a sudden half the news sites are saying they have 'backtracked' on the statement about pirated users being able to upgrade.

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allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

Microsoft already said a couple of months ago that non-genuine users would be able to upgrade to 10 for free, but would remain non-genuine. All they've done is clarify a little what that means, and all of a sudden half the news sites are saying they have 'backtracked' on the statement about pirated users being able to upgrade.


Yes, the line I've heard is for pirated versions can be upgraded to Windows 10 but will stay as none genuine. They will pay for a CD-Key to become genuine. Since Microsoft was still doing this, and not offer Windows as a freeware, Linux on the desktop is still very relevant.

Yes, it could somehow stop Linux on the deskop even more if Microsoft will offer Windows free.

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