Microsoft has revealed that computer users running pirated copies of the Windows operating system (OS) will be allowed to upgrade to the company’s latest operating system, Windows 10, for free.
This recent news comes after the software giant had already confirmed that users of Windows 7 and 8 would receive free upgrades to Windows 10.
According to Microsoft’s operating systems unit Executive VP Terry Myerson, who took the stage at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China, the company intends on making illegal copies of their OS eligible for free upgrades.
The move comes as an attempt to bring the pirates back into the official Microsoft sphere and is likely to have its most significant impact in China where the majority of software is not properly licensed, according to CNET.
The company also unveiled plans to launch the new OS in 190 countries this upcoming summer.
Requirements for the company’s latest operating systems are as follows:
- Minimum 1 GB of RAM
- Minimum 16 GB of internal storage to run 32-bit Win10
- Minimum 32 GB of internal storage to run 64-bit Win10
- Screens must be larger than 7 inches for Windows Pro
- Screens must be larger than 8 inches for the consumer variant
The new OS offers a new peer-to-peer update option which allows users to select non-Microsoft computers to download updates from. The option allows for the choice between downloading updates from other computers on an internal network or from computers over the Internet or on a network.
PC World quoted Myerson as having said that the company is “upgrading all qualified PCS, genuine and non-genuine” to the new OS.
We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10
Are you excited for the debut of the new Microsoft operating system, Windows 10?