Microsoft confirms exact cut off time for free Windows 10 update

July 29th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

FROM TONIGHT, a year will have passed, Windows 10 will become a paid-for product and, if you’ve not grabbed your free upgrade despite an entire year of Updategate and nag screens, it will be too late.

For anyone having last minute jitters and wanting an upgrade, a Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed to The INQUIRER that the free offer stops at midnight tonight UTC-10, meaning that people in the UK have until 1059 on Saturday 30 July.

Of course, for a lot of people ‘too late’ isn’t the phrase but rather ‘thank flip’ as it means that, if Microsoft is true to its word, there will be no more nagware for Windows 7 and 8.x users who don’t want to make the change.

Microsoft’s current figures suggest that 300 million machines now run Windows 10, but this is significantly short of the target of one billion that the company projected by the end of year two.

Just a few days later on Tuesday 2 August, Microsoft will release Windows 10 Anniversary Update, known internally as Redstone (phase one), which adds a whole bunch of new functionality.

This is the evolution of the old-style Service Packs to reflect the new Windows as a Service. It will be followed by a second Redstone early next year to tie in with new hardware, after which it is expected that the “10” will be quietly dropped in favour of simply “Windows”.

Next week’s update includes Windows Ink, allowing direct annotation on the screen using a stylus, improvements to Cortana, which now replaces standard search altogether, and a new batch of games using DirectX 12, one of which is racing gameForza Motorsport 6: Apex which will be free to all upgraders.

Related: 10 ways Microsoft shafted users over Windows 10

But not everyone wants to upgrade and, despite reports of buoyant uptake in the SMB sector, there are still a large number of enterprises that simply don’t want to, or can’t for logistical reasons, take up the offer.

But these customers, for the most part, will be enterprises for which there has been no free offer and so today is just another day in the diary.

From the deadline, Windows 10 Home will cost £99.99 and the Professional edition will cost a hefty £189.99. Businesses will need to talk to Microsoft about the Enterprise edition as several enterprise features have been removed from the Professional edition, to the chagrin of SMBs everywhere..


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