Update: After clarification from Microsoft, it is clear that Pirated Users won’t get the free upgrade.
The world is eagerly waiting for the complete official release of Windows 10. While at first, only licensed users were excited for it but, now even pirated users have something good to wait for. According to Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Windows chief, the upgraded version of Windows can be used by all genuine and non-genuine users. This means if you are using pirated version of Windows 7 and Windows 8, you can still upgrade to Windows 10. This amazing announcement was made at the WInHEC conference in Shenzhen, China.
The announcement came as a surprise as earlier Microsoft said that PCs running on Windows 7/8.1 will get free upgrades to Windows 10 for the first year but only after the product is released. This decision has surely left many answered questions. One of the biggest question is that whether the pirated users will get the update like the licensed user or he will have to wait for a year. It is confirmed that this plan to allow free upgrades for pirated users applies to all over the world and is not just limited to China.
Although, it should be noted that Microsoft has a long history with software piracy. Windows XP was the first ever operating system which needed license key for verification. However, this concept was soon defeated by using corporate license key which was shared on the internet. Microsoft has tried its best to stop piracy but whenever the company comes up with a new way to stop it, pirates find another way to bypass it. The most shocking thing is that many new machines comes with a pirated software and the customer don’t have any slight idea that he is actually using an illegal copy.
The company has still not declared any exact date for the release of Windows 10 as even this time they announced that, Windows 10 will be launched in 190 countries and 111 languages around the world this summer. Now, this is interesting as in the Northern part of the world, summer ends on September 21. And, according to this new announcement, the company has only six months to deliver it as free upgrade to millions of users.
There is no doubt in the fact that this is a great news for all the users who enjoy the pirated version of Windows. However, the bigger question which remains unanswered is that, whether Windows is actually trying to stop piracy or promote piracy. Nothing can be said until and unless, the software gets released. Till then we can only say that it seems like Microsoft has finally accepted that it is unable to curb piracy. Now, may be it is some kind of plan or strategy by the company but for pirated users, there cannot be a better news than this.