Microsoft has moved on from interrupting news broadcasts, ruining businesses, and tricking people with Windows 10 upgrades. Now MS is offering free in-store upgrades, and dangling the promise of a free Dell laptop if they can't get it done the same day.
Maybe in realizing they’ve probably maxed out getting as many people as possible to download the upgrade, Microsft is taking an in-person approach to promoting the free offer. Specifically, Microsoft wants to bet you a free brand new Dell Inspiron 15 that they can upgrade your old PC to Windows 10 in the same day you bring it into a Microsoft Store.
The bet is that if you bring your old PC to an Answer Desk at a Microsoft Store, they will take care of the upgrade process for your for free, and have your computer ready by the end of the day. If your computer isn’t ready by the end of the day, then you get a free Dell Inspiron 15.
I have no intention of updating my main laptop (I have even used the trick to block the forced upgrade), but this is still a tempting offer.
I made the mistake last year of not working hard enough to talk my mother out of getting a Win10 laptop, and she still hasn't forgiven me. (I stopped just short of screaming and shouting, but now I see I should have skipped that and gone directly to canceling her credit cards and hiding her check book.)
That said, I think I'll still take MS up on their offer. I have a couple MS stores nearby, and a backup laptop, so I am tempted to see if I can get a free laptop.
Depending on which Inspiron model MS is giving away, this is anywhere from a $300 to a $600 bet that they can upgrade your laptop the same day. Based on the number of complaints I have heard about Windows 10, I don't think Microsoft's techs can pull it off - not if they also have to make sure all the drivers work.
And with a backup laptop to gamble with, don't you think it's worth a shot?
mage by Aiko