Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Pascal/Flickr
yo ho ho

Microsoft is going to give everyone Windows 10 for free, even pirates

Those who pirated an earlier version of Windows will be allowed to upgrade to Windows 10.

THOSE UPGRADING TO Windows 10 will get it for free, but Microsoft is planning on tackling piracy by offering those who downloaded an older version illegally the chance to upgrade as well.

Microsoft will make its upgrade available to anyone who has a device running Windows 7 and up in China, regardless of whether the version they’re using was acquired legally or not.

In an interview with Reuters, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson said the plan was to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions of users who use Windows in the country. It’s believed that three-quarters of all PC software there is not properly licensed.

Microsoft has also signed deals with different companies like Lenovo, Tencent, Qihoo 360 and Xiaomi to help roll out the upgrade to devices.

In the case of Xiaomi, Mi 4 users will be able to test out Windows 10 on their Android device. Lenovo will also make phones running Windows 10, and it expects to release them in mid-2015.

No specific date was given for the launch of Windows 10, but it arrive in the summer in 190 countries and 111 different languages. The upgrade to Windows 10 is free to all users in the first year it launches.

Instead of charging for the upgrade, Microsoft is hoping that sales from products like OneDrive and Office would help make up for this as it gets all users on the same platform.

The upgrade will also include a new feature called Windows Hello which will use biometric authentication – your face, iris or fingerprint – to unlock your device. The cameras use infrared technology to help identify a face or iris and are able to recognise you in different lighting conditions.

Microsoft says it uses a “combination of special hardware and software to accurately verify it is you – not a picture of you or someone trying to impersonate you.”

Windows / YouTube

Read: Getting too distracted by the web while working? Here’s how you can take control >

Read: Facebook Messenger’s new money-transfer idea faces a number of problems >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
48
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.