Last chance to upgrade to Windows 10 for free

Microsoft to stop Windows 10 upgrade for Windows 8.1 as mainstream support ends

Despite offering a path to a free upgrade, many users opted out of moving to Windows 10 - a pattern Microsoft has found common with its userbase.

So, if you do own a Windows 8.1 machine, play around with its dictation functions for a bit, then take advantage of the free upgrade offer to Windows 10.

"If you use assistive technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies". That means that the company won't be implementing new features, although what it calls "extended support" will ensure they continue to receive security updates for a further five years - until 2023. If your OS is even older than Windows 8.1, your OS is even more of a security risk so it would be best for you to consider upgrading already, thanks to older operating systems being easily exploitable. And while the company gave users a one-year window to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, NetMarketshare shows about 7 percent of users have refused to upgrade, or simply forgot to do it by the July, 2016 deadline.

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Microsoft is closing the free Windows 10 upgrade later today, the loophole allows Windows 7 and 8.1 devices to install the new operating system free of charge. A deadline of December 31st 2017 was put in place to end those continuing to use the assistive technologies workaround, but it seems after an extension, today is the last day.

Microsoft chose to extend the free installation of Windows 10 from December 31, 2017, to January 16, 2018, in an act of goodwill, giving a time extension of over 2 weeks. Yet, since there's no official word from the company that remains pure speculation.

If you haven't upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you can still visit the company's site and request for a free upgrade. But if you want it for free just remember the deadline is today, January 16.

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