When Microsoft first told the world that its upcoming Windows 10 operating system will be available as a free upgrade to all Windows 7 and 8 users, the ambiguity of its announcement left more questions than it answered, and further efforts to clarify the murky situation have only done worse. The common consensus right not seems to be waiting for July 29th – when certainly most, if not all misunderstanding and ambiguities will be solved.
However, the software company at least took time to clear one aspect of who’s getting on the Windows 10 free train, indicating in a blog post earlier this week that Windows Insider participants will not get a ticket. But just for ambiguity’s sake, they also added that they will in fact get the same version as most customers, only that it’s not going to be activated, even though that’s what they stated earlier last week.
Windows Insider is the global beta-testing program for the upcoming operating system which started in late 2014. Initially, on June 19th, Microsoft stated that all participants in the Windows Insider program who also have a Microsoft account attached to it will receive the final Windows 10 build at launch activated, similar as the Windows 7 and 8 users will receive.
This meant that Windows Insider could become a way for Windows XP and Vista users to receive the free upgrade. However, Microsoft tracked back on that a couple of days later and explained that while all Windows Insider users will receive the release build update on July 29th, only Windows 7 and 8 owners will have it activated. They also went back and erased mention of the word activated on the original blog post.
Of course, this doesn’t explain what restrictions the non-licensed Windows 10 version, if any, will have. Currently, non-activated versions of Windows 7 and 8 receive some annoying pop-ups constantly asking for activation and need to go into the registry to change their wallpaper, but it’s quite easy to get ahold of a pirated activator.
What can we conclude out of this? Well, one of the two things: either Microsoft’s PR division consists of goats, which would make them the highest achievers throughout their species but still not make them count as intelligent beings, or the software giant is doing it on purpose to generate discussions in anticipation of next month’s launch. Which is actually smart, since if there’s one thing that heats up the internet more than controversy, its confusion.
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