Microsoft has long been plagued by software piracy, particularly with the millions of non-genuine copies of Windows that have been floating around since the stone age of the 90’s. It seems Windows has decided to take a hint from Apple and meet their users half-way: anyone with a current copy of Windows, pirated or not, will get a free upgrade to a genuine copy of Windows 10 once it is released this summer.
The biggest hot-spot for illegal copies of Windows is China, where millions upon millions of users are running pirated copies of the OS. Microsoft has claimed it hopes to re-establish a genuine relationship with these users by allowing them to come on board for free, however Microsoft may have other motives behind this deal. Devices that upgrade from a non-genuine account to Windows 10 will remain non-genuine. What future implications for having been recognized as a “non-genuine user” will be, a lot of people will probably think twice about adding themselves unto Microsoft’s “naughty” list. More likely than any sort of repercussions, Microsoft will most likely only offer Windows 10 free for only a certain period of time, and try to make a recoup of all the money it has lost to those with pirated versions when it asks them to pay in order to keep the OS. I can’t say this is the smartest move; it’s not likely that those accustomed to stealing software will turn in their eye patches, rum and shave their grimy beards just because they get handed one freebie, and there will be pirated versions of Windows 10 soon enough anyways.
Windows 10 is scheduled to come this June. Microsoft has worked had in order to rectify the live-tile issues and overall lack of continuity that was exprienced across different platforms. We’ll give it a full review once we get our genuine version!
The most popular version of Windows in China.
(IT Consulting Denver)