Have you upgraded your computer to Windows 10 yet? If not, you must do it soon because the end is near.
For several years, Microsoft provided free upgrades to Windows 10. It was part of the company’s goal to achieve its billion-device milestone within a few years after introducing the new operating system. It was a golden ticket for the company to hit the number.
In that case, the upgrade program had an expiration date. Now, the company is ending it. Although the program has officially closed for the majority of users in July, the company provided an exception to those who require assistive technologies. These would include people who are using screen readers, magnifiers and Braille screens.
If you’re one of those people who use assistive technologies and wish to upgrade, your free upgrade will be until December 31, 2017. After that, you need to pay for the upgrade.
How many people upgraded to the latest OS?
The number depends on the people you ask. However, experts believe that the current operating system did not surpass Windows 7. Microsoft is known to have huge legacy users who are happy with Windows 7 or Windows 8. In fact, some 3.89 percent of Windows users are still using Windows XP despite security flaws or risks.
But the company revealed that its goal of having a billion users of Windows 10 wouldn’t be met. Although it’s pleased with the development, it admitted that it would take the company to reach its goal of 1 billion monthly active users or devices.
As the program closes, it also marks the closure of the company’s active campaign to encourage people to upgrade to its latest operating system. In that case, Microsoft will need to rely on purchases to increase the number of users or devices.
As mentioned, upgrading to Windows 10 is free. But you need to have a valid license for Windows 7. If you’re using a pirated software, however, you can’t use the free upgrade.
The latest operating system offers some advances that come with new technology. It’s refreshing to experience updated design that comes with the new OS.
One of the reasons you might want to consider upgrading to the new OS is that Windows 10 is faster than Windows 8 at startup. Another reason is the integration of Cortana. It provides convenience to help you interact with the technology hands-free. And it’s not just a voice command tool. Rather, it also tracks your interests, local weather, and traffic conditions while going home.
On Windows 10, you’ll have universal apps. Unlike Windows 7, Windows 10 has an app store where you can find apps that you need for small or large tasks. You can run some apps windowed or full-screen.
Plus, the latest OS has a better browser. Microsoft Edge brings its default browser, but it’s now modern with better compatibility and speed. The new browser has a reading mode. With this feature, you don’t have to deal with the extra junk on a page. In that case, you can read without those distractions.