Windows 10 Upgrade Will Remain Free Forever For Users Of “Assistive Technologies”


windows 10 free assistive technologiesShort Bytes: As Windows 10 free upgrade offer for eligible Windows 7 and 8.1 users is soon coming to an end, Microsoft has announced a rule change. Redmond has revealed that it’s going to extend the free upgrade offer for people using assistive technologies. More details about this change will be explained in the upcoming days.

Microsoft has announced that its free Windows 10 upgrade offer for Windows 7 and 8.1 users will be ending after July 29. This news wasn’t shocking as Microsoft had already made it clear one year ago.

To grab a Windows 10 upgrade after July 29, Windows 7 and 8.1 users will need to spend $119. But, here’s a little catch that could be used to grab the free upgrade after the end date. Earlier this week, I told you how you can manage to reserve a free Windows 10 upgrade using the rollback option in Windows 10 and today I’ll tell you about the same using “assistive technologies”.

A new rule change was recently revealed by Microsoft’s Senior Program Manager Daniel Hubbell on company’s developer blog. According to this change, Microsoft will continue to provide the free Windows 10 upgrade to the Windows 7 and 8.1 users who use assistive technologies.

Here’s what was was revealed on company’s blog:

As you may have heard, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is set to end on July 29, but we want to clarify that that deadline will *not* apply to customers who use assistive technologies. We are continuing to deliver on our previously-shared vision for accessibility for Windows 10 and we are committed to ensuring that users of assistive technologies have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free as we do so.

Before we go ahead and tell you more about it, let me explain the meaning of assistive technologies —

What are assistive technologies in Windows?

If we refer to Microsoft’s Accessibility page for its latest operating system Windows 10, the assistive technologies deal with a wide range of things like poor eyesight or limited mobility.

Here’s the complete list of people who are said to be using assistive technologies —

  • Using Magnifier to read and see on the screen
  • Using text/visual alternative to sound
  • Using the On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) for typing
  • Using Keyboard shortcuts
  • Hearing text read with Narrator
  • Using Ease of Access Settings for making your PC easier
  • Using Speech Recognition to control your PC

At the moment, this announcement is a tease for the Windows 7 and 8.1 users who are avoiding the upgrade.

I know these points are confusing and you are wondering about different assistive technologies that you can use to grab the free upgrade after the deadline. Well, Microsoft refuses to tell more and says —

We will provide more details on how customers can take advantage of this deadline exception in the coming weeks.

Keeping the speculations aside, it’s pleasant to see that Microsoft is going ahead and making Windows 10 free forever for people using assistive technologies.

It looks like a lot remains to be uncovered regarding this much-hyped Windows 10 free upgrade offer that’s going to end in July. Stay tuned with us, we’ll be bringing you every important update.

Meanwhile, here’s you can read how to get free Windows 10 upgrade after July 29 using rollback feature.

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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