Windows 10 free upgrade will not end July 29 for people with accessibility needs

Microsoft said the free Windows 10 upgrade deadline does not apply to people 'who use assistive technologies'

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After announcing that 300 million devices are running Windows 10, Microsoft said its free upgrade offer ends on July 29. If you want Windows 10 after that date, then you can purchase the $119 Windows 10 Home version or buy a new device running Windows 10.

The free upgrade offer will not end, however, for Windows customers who have accessibility issues. The Microsoft Accessibility Blog wrote:

As you may have heard, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is set to end on July 29, but we want to clarify that that deadline will *not* apply to customers who use assistive technologies. We are continuing to deliver on our previously shared vision for accessibility for Windows 10, and we are committed to ensuring that users of assistive technologies have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free as we do so.

If you don’t have and don’t want Windows 10, those annoying Get Windows 10 notifications will eventually stop after July 29. Microsoft told BetaNews the nag upgrade screens will be “disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide. Just as it took time to ramp up and roll out the Get Windows 10 app, it will take time to ramp it down.”

“Upgrade now” blunders

With no definitive date to stop all Windows 10 upgrade nagging, we may yet see more badly timed “upgrade now” blunders such as when a KCCI 8 News meteorologist was live reporting on thunderstorms and “Upgrade now” popped up over her radar.

That doesn’t mean we won’t see similar blooper when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update rolls out this summer. Just last week, pro-gamer Erik Flom was hit with an automatic update and reboot when he was nearly nine hours into a CS:GO multiplayer marathon. Flom was naturally quite upset, saying, “How did this happen? We turned off everything.”

When Win 10 update strikes.

Windows 10 reboot during marathon gaming event Mostly Sunny / Erik Flom Twitch

Windows isn’t the only software responsible for untimely interruptions, as Softpedia reported an antivirus scan caused critical medical equipment to crash during a heart catheterization procedure. The screen went black as the Merge Hemo app crashed. Doctors had to wait five minutes before the app rebooted and the cardiac procedure could be completely successfully.

The Merge Hemo device, which is used during catheterization procedures, was connected to a doctor’s computer to show patient data. According to a report filed with the FDA, the computer was configured to run antivirus scans every hour. When a scan started during the procedure, it crashed the app. The makers of Merge Hemo blamed the crash on an improper antivirus configuration that did not skip medical images and patient data files.

Back to Windows 10 … The Windows team reportedly concluded its first Bug Bash event and is now prioritizing fixes for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which will roll out this summer.

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