A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft gave pirates some false hope by announcing that everyone running Windows OS will get a free upgrade to Windows 10. Mayerson Terry, Window’s chief announce that this offer extends to people running pirated copies of the popular OS. A quick clarification after this hinted that the pirate upgrades will still have to pay somehow somewhere along the way.
A recent post on their official blog sheds more controversy over the issue.
“While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state.”
This could mean that you will still upgrade and run your Windows 10 only that you will have that nagging watermark to remind you that you are a pirate. This could also mean that Windows will notify people running pirated copies of Windows 7 and 8.* of the available Windows 10 upgrade and even let them upgrade using the Windows update manager.
Ideally, these notifications will work perfectly with unknowing users of pirated Windows OS builds. With a couple of incentives up their sleeve, Microsoft hopes to win a good deal of innocent pirated OS users to their side by offering them irresistible copies that are easy to install and configure.
This could also mean that Windows will keep supporting pirated copies as it has done for previous OS versions. Analysts believe that this move helps Microsoft keep its hold on the market with the hopes of converting most of these pirated copy users into customers some day.