Microsoft's offer to upgrade to Windows 10 from devices running eligible copies of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 expires today on July 29, 2016.
The company announced previously that it won't end the offer for customers who use assistive technologies. Microsoft did not reveal back then if and which requirements had to be met to take Microsoft up on the free upgrade offer after July 29, 2016.
Today, the new Windows 10 Upgrade website for customers who use assistive technologies has been launched.
For the general public, the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends on July 29. However, if you use assistive technologies, you can still get the free upgrade offer even after the general public deadline expires as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies.
Update: It appears that the process will change in the coming weeks according to Microsoft's rep who posted on Reddit. Microsoft asks users to only use the free upgrade offer if they have disabilities. As it stands, the company will pull the free for all page soon and require users with disabilities to contact Microsoft Support directly.
Microsoft made the decision to provide the free upgrade offer to all customers who need assistive technologies. This means that anyone can click on the upgrade now button on the website to start the upgrade process.
A Windows 10 Upgrade executable file is downloaded which users on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices can run to start the upgrade process to Windows 10.
Microsoft made it clear that it is not restricting access to specific assistive technologies. In fact, the company is not restricting access at all. You do confirm however that you are using assistive technologies with a click on the upgrade now button.
If you want Windows 10 now and are ready to take advantage of the free upgrade offer, click the button below to get started.
Yes, I use assistive technologies and I am ready for my free upgrade to Windows 10.
This means that anyone, even customers who don't use assistive technologies, can upgrade their operating system for free after July 29, 2016.
Microsoft notes that it may end the extension offer at any point in time in the future, but has not decided yet whether to do so or not. The company promises however that it will make a public announcement before the offer ends.
It is likely that some customers who don't use assistive technologies will take Microsoft up on the offer. Since there is no need to provide proof, anyone may still upgrade to Windows 10 for free for as long as the offer is up and not pulled by Microsoft.Advertisement
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