Microsoft’s Windows 10 improve program was discontinued for most people final July, however you’ll be able to nonetheless get your palms on a free improve to Windows 10 if you’re a user of the company’s assistive technology features. Luckily, Microsoft’s definition of the time period is fairly broad, which implies when you depend on options like closed captioning (and even keyboard shortcuts), you continue to qualify for a free improve. The provide ends December 31.
How to Upgrade
Upgrading is a fairly simple course of. Visit Microsoft’s Windows 10 Upgrade page and hit the Upgrade Now button, which downloads the improve assistant to your machine. Run this system, comply with the on-screen prompts, and also you’ll have a working model of Windows 10 in your machine.
You could have been cautious of upgrading your Windows PC to Windows 10 up to now, however the OS has acquired its justifiable share of media-oriented updates and bug fixes since its 2015 launch. The newest main replace, the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update, including each combined actuality help and the Mixed Reality Viewer app to the working system’s listing of options. That means you’ll be able to pair a suitable PC with a combined actuality headset and make the most of the immersive surroundings to take pleasure in some interactive leisure (or get a little bit work executed).
You’re Probably Using “Assistive Technologies” Already
You might not be imaginative and prescient or listening to impaired, however when you use assistive options like the Magnifier tool, dictate writing in paperwork utilizing speech recognition, and even Windows’ digital assistant, Cortana, you’re eligible for an improve. Hell, even keyboard shortcuts fall below the umbrella of “assistive expertise,” which means everybody who’s used CTRL-C and CTRL-V is technically eligible for a free improve.
Microsoft suggests you verify along with your assistive tech producer to make sure their and software program is suitable with Windows 10, and provides a list of the most well-liked corporations providing assistive expertise merchandise.
If you stay unconvinced (or hate keyboard shortcuts), the frequently asked questions part of the improve program implies that, whereas the improve is meant to be used by customers counting on assistive expertise to navigate their PC, it isn’t going to actually cease anybody from upgrading in the event that they don’t use assistive tech. So … get on it.