Windows 10: What happens to those free Windows 10 upgrades after July 29, 2016?

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  1.    29 Jan 2016 #11

    Check the specified terms in the original Microsoft blog post linked to in my previous post.
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       03 Apr 2016 #12

    What happens to those free Windows 10 upgrades after July 29, 2016?


    What happens to those free Windows 10 upgrades after July 29, 2016?

    We're exactly six months through Microsoft's unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 10. The offer officially expires July 29, 2016, on the one-year anniversary of the new operating system's release. But what happens then? I see three possible scenarios.

    Microsoft's ambitious plan to get Windows 10 running on a billion devices within the next few years depends to a large extent on the success of its free upgrade offer.

    When the company first announced the terms of that offer last May, it literally included an asterisk and fine print. Those terms have changed slightly over the intervening months, but one element has remained constant: The offer is good for one year after the availability of Windows 10.

    Here's the actual wording of the offer, as it appears today:

    It's free and easy

    Upgrade confidently - 100+ million fans have upgraded and are loving it. You'll have a free, full version of Windows 10 -- not a trial or a lite version -- if you complete your upgrade before July 29, 2016.

    And this is what currently appears in the fine print at the bottom of that page (emphasis added):

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    In fact, Microsoft's real goal with this upgrade offer isn't just to get its installed Windows 10 base to a billion. The long-term goal is to help close the books on Windows 7 in an orderly fashion before its extended support commitment ends on January 14, 2020.
    Read more: http://www.zdnet.com/article/what-ha...-july-29-2016/
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       03 Apr 2016 #13

    We're exactly six months through Microsoft's unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 10.
    According to my calendars we have under 4 months until that deadline. That article was written by Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report | January 29, 2016.
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       03 Apr 2016 #14

    Berton said: View Post
    According to my calendars we have under 4 months until that deadline. That article was written by Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report | January 29, 2016.
    Right! Only a "food for thought"!
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       03 Apr 2016 #15

    Two options keep it free forever regarding the updates or stop the updates for free and spin the wheel of fortune and look across the board for waste and other revenue tools in the likes of selling off their smartphone resources and product line to Apple or Samsung and totally put the smartphone vision and investment to rest and use these funds to improve their flagship products " that's what I would want to see as a vote in the Microsoft boardroom " to get implemented after the vote has been counted.

    I believe MS clearly understands the good old days are coming to slow down and perhaps stop and every market will be affected due to another round of weak economic pressures and unstable markets and record low returns , people are barely making ends meet and the majority of the 99% are more concerned on paying their monthly bills and putting a little good and healthy food on their tables they will not be purchasing a brand new car or that 100 inch 4k TV or purchasing their 199.99 windows pro license. " trust me it's the fact "
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       03 Apr 2016 #16

    Correction please ignore.
    Last edited by AcuraTML; 03 Apr 2016 at 19:29. Reason: added more data
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  7.    04 Apr 2016 #17

    AcuraTML said: View Post
    Two options keep it free forever regarding the updates or stop the updates for free and spin the wheel of fortune and look across the board for waste and other revenue tools in the likes of selling off their smartphone resources and product line to Apple or Samsung and totally put the smartphone vision and investment to rest and use these funds to improve their flagship products " that's what I would want to see as a vote in the Microsoft boardroom " to get implemented after the vote has been counted.

    I believe MS clearly understands the good old days are coming to slow down and perhaps stop and every market will be affected due to another round of weak economic pressures and unstable markets and record low returns , people are barely making ends meet and the majority of the 99% are more concerned on paying their monthly bills and putting a little good and healthy food on their tables they will not be purchasing a brand new car or that 100 inch 4k TV or purchasing their 199.99 windows pro license. " trust me it's the fact "
    If you've already done the free upgrade, updates to the current build and upgrades to each new build are free for the life of the device, regardless of what they do on the 29th. If your still running Windows 7 or 8/8.1 after that date, and want to upgrade, your going to have to pay for the upgrade. As it stands now anyway. They could extend the free upgrade offer, I doubt they will do that though. If you haven't upgraded by now, you likely never will.
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       04 Apr 2016 #18

    Free upgrade and then paid one, in other words MS will pay you to move to 10 by offering some free software or service.
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  9.    04 Apr 2016 #19

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    If you've already done the free upgrade, updates to the current build and upgrades to each new build are free for the life of the device, regardless of what they do on the 29th. If your still running Windows 7 or 8/8.1 after that date, and want to upgrade, your going to have to pay for the upgrade. As it stands now anyway. They could extend the free upgrade offer, I doubt they will do that though. If you haven't upgraded by now, you likely never will.
    That just doesn't seem all that hard to understand... to me anyway.
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  10.    04 Apr 2016 #20

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    That just doesn't seem all that hard to understand... to me anyway.
    Same here.. it's been MS's postilion right from the start.
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