Microsoft Baffles With Blog Post Regarding Free Windows 10

Microsoft Baffles With Blog Post Regarding Free Windows 10
Windows 10 Technical Preview na VirtualBox / Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

On Friday, Microsoft first announced that Windows 10 beta testers will get a free copy of the new operating system this July. The statement was immediately changed, adding more confusion to the entire Windows Insider program.


Engineering general manager of Microsoft’s operating system group, Gabriel Aul, revealed a few changes to the program in a blog, including Insider participants receiving the final code for Windows 10 despite not installing the preview on a PC running Windows 7 or 8.1.

“Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th,” according to Aul.

Ars Technica noted a few sneaky changes made to the blog post:

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“Previously it said that signed up members of the Insider Program running a preview version would ‘receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated.’ Now it says only that they will ‘receive the Windows 10 final release build.'”

The redacted statements brings various guesses as to whether or not Microsoft will actually give away the OS for free to anyone who entered the program.

Now, however, it seems as if only users who are upgrading from Windows 7 or 8 will be able to get OS number 10 free of charge.