Microsoft has left open a loophole that allows users of assistive technologies to download Windows 10 free of charge. The Redmond giant had closed its other avenues to get the latest version of the ever-popular operating system for free, but this one remains open until 16th January 2018. The earlier offer for all Windows 7 & Windows 8.1 users finished on the 29th of July 2016. The backdoor is a steal as Microsoft charges over 100 pounds if you want to purchase the software. If you use Assistive Technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost before January 16, 2018.
Assistive Technologies users can still upgrade to Windows 10 free
Microsoft does not require you to prove that you are disabled and that fact may be taken advantage of. Microsoft is not shutting the program due to abuse, they now just believe that most users have switched to Windows 10. This is likely to be true due to the difficulties of Windows 8.1. Many users switched from Windows 8.1 very quickly due to its controversial interface which heavily divided opinion and harmed the brand.
If you are going to upgrade via this route, then the normal advice applies, backup your files. While Microsoft is very good at upgrades, accidents can happen, so keep your important files safe. You will also need to ensure that you have enough space for the very large file that is downloaded, this isn’t likely to be an issue on many regular laptops and PC’s, but Windows tablet users may need to get creative with their storage.
After the earlier issues with Windows 8.1, Microsoft has made a good job of putting things right with Windows 10. Many would argue that the Windows 10 layout should have come well before Windows 8.1. Microsoft made a very brave, but wrong decision with Windows 8.1 and was happy to put it right when it counted. In the long run, it is likely that the whole situation makes Microsoft look better rather than worse.
Assistive Technology users can take advantage of the free upgrade offer by visiting Microsoft here.