It doesn’t matter if you paid for your copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 – Microsoft has revealed that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade even for pirated versions.
According to Reuters, the move was announced by Microsoft’s operating systems unit chief Terry Myerson at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China, and is designed as a way of connecting with the Chinese market.
It’s an expansion on the earlier announcement that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for both Windows 7 and 8.1, and isn’t limited to China, a Microsoft spokesperson clarified to ZDNet. Windows 10 is free with a pirated version of Windows 7 to anyone in the world.
Windows is installed on more machines than any other operating system in the world, but in China it’s estimated that three quarters of users are working with bootlegged versions. Microsoft’s plan is to turn these and other users around the world into customers by giving them access to the same content as paid Windows users, meaning more revenue from Office subscriptions and other services.
In addition, Microsoft is partnering with Tencent to improve its reach on the Asian marketplace – a deal that not only puts the company’s flagship QQ service on Windows 10 but brings games like League of Legends, Cross Fire, and Dungeon & Fighter to the Windows marketplace.
Microsoft says that Windows 10 is due out some time this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.
Windows 10 will be a FREE upgrade…even pirated versions