Get Windows 10 – free for pirates!

Yup, you heard me right. Non-genuine users can upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

Everyone was shocked, including Microsoft employees, after Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, announced that both users with genuine and non-genuine licenses can upgrade to Windows 10. Initially, it was thought that China is the only one who will be receiving the free upgrade but a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that it will be targeting markets worldwide.

The consumer free upgrade offer for Windows 10 applies to qualified new and existing devices running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1. Some editions are excluded from the consumer free upgrade—including Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to other Windows 10 enterprise offerings.

We have always been committed to ensuring that customers have the best Windows experience possible. With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. Non-Genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade. According to industry experts, use of pirated software, including Non-Genuine Windows, results in a higher risk of malware, fraud (identity theft, credit card theft, etc), public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions.

Get windows 10 for free
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So what’s the catch? Even though you get a free upgrade. Your will still have a non-genuine license. This may seem to be a good news but remember that earlier this year Terry Myerson referred to Windows as “Windows as a service”. This means that there will be no more service packs. Windows will be receiving a continuous stream of updates. Think of it as Google’s Gmail; it gets automatically updated, right?

We all know how Microsoft hates piracy so much. With this bold move, Microsoft has clearly seen that the consumer’s landscape has already changed dramatically. Microsoft is adapting to how consumers use their products.

Though how these changes will affects both enterprise and pirates is still uncertain, one thing is for sure. People love free stuff.

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