Back in May this year Microsoft announced that the free upgrade offer would continue after July 29th for customers using assistive technologies. This decision was made to allow more time for assistive technology providers to overcome any potential incompatibilities.
Microsoft has now launched the free upgrade path for assistive technology users via a dedicated website: 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.
However, contrary to some expectations, there is no burden of proof involved and all the user has to do is click a button which declares “Yes, I use assistive technologies and I am ready for my free upgrade to Windows 10“. Not dissimilar to when a minor visits a porn site and simply clicks a button to declare they are over 18 years of age.
Some may see this as a sneaky tactic to keep the free upgrade offer going past the original July 29th cutoff date. However, I’m pretty sure Microsoft has left this open because there are so many different types of assistive technologies involved and the company recognized how difficult, if not impossible, managing it all would become otherwise, plus perhaps to avoid the risk of a backlash by inadvertently leaving any disabled user out of the loop.
Regardless, what it does mean is that anyone can simply click the button and upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Clicking the button downloads an executable file which the user then simply runs to start the upgrade process to Windows 10.
Unethical? Hmm, I guess that’s up to each individual to decide for themselves. One thing for certain; Microsoft’s approach with Windows 10 has always been ‘the more the merrier’ and, in the end, I’m pretty sure the company would rather see users running Windows 10 than not.
*NOTE: As yet there has been no indication of when this offer for assistive technology users will expire.