Pirates Will Not Receive Free Windows 10 Update, Clarifies Microsoft
Microsoft is going to allow users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, as long as they are currently running authentic versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. In March, however, Windows chief Terry Myerson gave a vague statement that suggested the offer would also be extended to those who are currently running pirated copies.
Today, the company has offered a full clarification over that statement. People running pirated copies of Windows will not be able to update to Windows 10 for free. They will either have to pay the respected sum in full, or continue running their pirated versions.
Microsoft is planning to run some “very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers” that will cater to people with pirated copies. The company hopes to convert a large batch of pirates over to licensed users. However, it has yet to specify the details of what it plans to announce for this circle.
Previously, Microsoft stated that all authentic Windows 10 versions will display a watermark on the desktop. This will inform users about the legitimacy of their copy, and will be helpful for those who have just bought a computer with a pre-installed Windows 10.
Windows 10 is looking at a release later this summer. Microsoft should announce those offers soon.
Source Windows Blog