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"We believe customers over time will realise the value of properly licensing Windows"

Microsoft is preparing for the release of its new OS, Windows 10. In January it announced that it would offer it as a free upgrade to people running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1, and now it's confirmed that the offer is even open to those who downloaded those products illegally.

"We are excited to launch Windows 10 this summer. Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Window 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows," a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer.

"We believe customers over time will realise the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies."

Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages and Microsoft has been keen to push the value of the product for gamers, with ID@Xbox expanding its remit to the service and Fable Legends, the new free-to-play outing for the franchise, appearing on Windows 10. Windows 10 also allows remote play of Xbox One games.

An easy-going approach to pirates isn't unusual for indie studios but this is an unexpected move from the PC software giant.

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Latest comments (11)

Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 3 years ago
I think I'm building me some extr PCs. Free windows nothing to sneeze at :)
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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises3 years ago
I guess they want people to buy the current Windows 8 PCs out there in stores. I was thinking if my Windows 7 laptop died, I'd rather dig up my old XP laptop than buy something new with Windows 8 on it. But now I won't have to make this difficult choice!!
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
My Windows 7 laptop did die a few weeks ago and I had to replace it with a new Windows 8 laptop. This free offer can't come soon enough.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
Ha. You're a pi-rate. You get that free upgrade to 10 and guess what happens when you try to use it? Who wants to bet there's a little surprise waiting for you when you can't use 10 until it's paid for or it suddenly locks you out of it until you pay for it. Good thing I don't pirate anything because I'm too lazy and I think most developers deserve people who want to give them money.
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Lance Winter Senior Game Designer, Splash Damage3 years ago
Ha. You're a pi-rate.
Surely you're only a pi-rate if you illegally downloaded Windows 3.1?
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Mark Hughes Software Developer, 4J Studios3 years ago
And the prize for today's worst maths related joke goes to..... :-)
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Istvan Fabian Principal Engineer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe3 years ago
I thought that prize was already given once Windows numbering went from 8 to 10 :)
Anyway, the "new" MS is really a nice agile company these days.
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Sean Kauppinen Founder & CEO, IDEA3 years ago
This ties in nicely with the story on cnet yesterday about removing passwords this summer from Windows 10 and using facial recognition and biometrics to identify users for login. When Microsoft posts the pirate's picture on the Internet as well as their fingerprints, pirates will definitely see the "value" of purchasing a license.
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Roberto Dillon Associate Professor, James Cook University3 years ago
>I thought that prize was already given once Windows numbering went from 8 to 10 :)

Don't forget they leaped from 3.1 all the way t o 95 (and from 360 back to 1 as well). I don't think it's possible to do any worse than that! :)

Anyway, I never had any real issue with 8 once I got back the start menu and got rid of metro...

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Roberto Dillon on 20th March 2015 12:41am

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Don't forget they leaped from 3.1 all the way t o 95 (and from 360 back to 1 as well). I don't think it's possible to do any worse than that! :)
Apple found a way, when they decided to brand their new revision of the iPad as "The New iPad", thankfully common sense took over and they eventually started marketing it as the iPad 3. I heard the announcement and instantly imagined the conversations: "I've just bought myself an iPad. No, not the 'New iPad' that's too old, I got a newer one..."
Anyway, I never had any real issue with 8 once I got back the start menu and got rid of metro...
Lucky man! My wife has a Windows 8 laptop that I occasionally use and I'm not allowed to stop it from pretending to be a mobile phone because she "quite likes metro"


Quite looking forward to Windows 10, but am actually pretty happy with Windows 7, so might have to dual (actually tripple) boot for a little while and see what it does for me.
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Gemma Suen Games Artist, Oysterworld Games3 years ago
I honestly cannot wait. I like certain things from 8, but I will forever dislike the start screen for as long as i have a desktop pc running it. I really do wonder what they're planning.
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