Windows 10: Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies

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  1. Posts : 20,708
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       29 Jul 2016 #1

    Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies


    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.

    With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, weve taken a number of steps to improve the accessibility of Windows 10 accessibility. To learn more, read our blog that details some of these improvements.

    Before you upgrade, please check with your assistive technology provider(s) to learn more about their software compatibility with Windows 10.

    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.

    (see button at source below)

    FAQ


    When does the free upgrade offer extension end?


    We have not announced an end date of the free upgrade offer for customers using assistive technology. We will make a public announcement prior to ending the offer.

    Why should I upgrade to Windows 10?


    Windows 10 offers experiences that are familiar, safer and more secure, and more personal and productive enabling innovative new experiences. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, even more features and improvements in accessibility are available.

    What assistive technologies are eligible for the extension?

    We are not restricting the free upgrade offer to specific assistive technologies. If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the free upgrade offer.

    Im planning on purchasing a third-party AT that I had not needed previously. Will the upgrade extension still be valid?

    Yes. If you require assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the free upgrade offer.

    Where can I get assistance on the upgrade if I have issues?

    Contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk if you have problems with the upgrade.


    Source: Windows 10 upgrade for assistive technology users
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  2.    30 Jul 2016 #2

    Just read about it in a internet news magazine, they are promoting using that option for people not in need of it just to get around the deadline.
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  3.    30 Jul 2016 #3

    CountMike said: View Post
    Just read about it in a internet news magazine, they are promoting using that option for people not in need of it just to get around the deadline.
    Doesn't surprise me at all. after all MS only gave them a year and a day to upgrade.
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  4.    30 Jul 2016 #4

    As someone who uses voice recognition due to arthritis I can tell you this really isn't much of a motivator. I have been trying to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking software off and on with Windows 10 since it first released. Nuance, who makes Dragon, is still far behind in regards to supporting the OS. People like me that need assisted support don't upgrade software just because it's new. We upgrade because it is necessary. I can tell you firsthand, pardon the pun, that I have spent many a day having to use my mouse and keyboard while pain was shooting through my hands because Windows 10 did not support a certain function that was found in Windows 7. This is primarily because the UI is so different. So things like the settings panel do not work, although the legacy control panel still does. Universal apps don't really work at all. And there are other things as well. Again, I don't necessarily blame Microsoft since obviously the vendor is in no hurry to reprogram to the new APIs for voice recognition. That said, in the end I have to go with what works. So a free upgrade is not going to entice me until my vendor comes out with a version that fully supports Windows 10 and it's new UI.
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  5.    30 Jul 2016 #5

    How does it know? The download seems to be a regular upgrade iso so how will it validate?
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  6.    30 Jul 2016 #6

    chemie said: View Post
    How does it know? The download seems to be a regular upgrade iso so how will it validate?
    Very good question. I don't use any assistive technologies but if I did I would try it just to see how it works.
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  7.    30 Jul 2016 #7

    Winuser said: View Post
    Doesn't surprise me at all. after all MS only gave them a year and a day to upgrade.
    Year and two days if you count Feb 29th.
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  8.    30 Jul 2016 #8

    cereberus said: View Post
    Year and two days if you count Feb 29th.
    True! This is a Leap Year. Sadly there are those who don't want something until it becomes something they can't have (free).
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  9. Posts : 1,546
    W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
       31 Jul 2016 #9

    MrBill said: View Post
    As someone who uses voice recognition due to arthritis I can tell you this really isn't much of a motivator. I have been trying to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking software off and on with Windows 10 since it first released. Nuance, who makes Dragon, is still far behind in regards to supporting the OS. People like me that need assisted support don't upgrade software just because it's new. We upgrade because it is necessary. I can tell you firsthand, pardon the pun, that I have spent many a day having to use my mouse and keyboard while pain was shooting through my hands because Windows 10 did not support a certain function that was found in Windows 7. This is primarily because the UI is so different. So things like the settings panel do not work, although the legacy control panel still does. Universal apps don't really work at all. And there are other things as well. Again, I don't necessarily blame Microsoft since obviously the vendor is in no hurry to reprogram to the new APIs for voice recognition. That said, in the end I have to go with what works. So a free upgrade is not going to entice me until my vendor comes out with a version that fully supports Windows 10 and it's new UI.
    @MrBill


    I read there is a good speaking software on Linux.

    Speech recognition software for Linux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I tried speaking software on xfce desktop but couldn't get it working. I never tried it on other Linux (Cinnamon, Mate, etc) desktops. I don't remember what disto I used.
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  10.    31 Jul 2016 #10

    There's also: Balabolka
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