The Verge reminds us that 29 July is the last day to voluntarily download Windows X for free.
Microsoft released Windows 10 almost a year ago on July 29th, 2015. The software maker has offered its latest OS to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users as a free upgrade for the past year, but that offer is about to run out. You only have one day left to upgrade to Windows 10 for free if you're currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. After July 29th, Microsoft will start charging $119 for upgrades to Windows 10, and if you upgrade during the free period you'll also get the Anniversary Update (launching August 2nd) free of charge.
They say that MS will start charging for WinX upgrades after tomorrow, but somehow I doubt it.
Microsoft has recommended, advertised, and used harassing popups to get people to upgrade, and they have even used outright deception to trick people into upgrading to WinX.
After all that, do you really think Microsoft is going to step back and start charging for the upgrade?
I am expecting Microsoft to start deactivating Windows 7 licenses on 1 August, and using that to force people to upgrade to WinX. Yes, that sounds like paranoid fear-mongering, but it is also the next logical step after tricking people.
If MS was so desperate to give away the free upgrade that they tricked people into upgrading, do you really think they're going to simply give up now that it's no longer free?
I don't, which is why I am glad I have WinX upgrades blocked on my computer (here's how you can do it). Better safe than sorry.
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