Microsoft is once again blurring the lines of what Windows 10 upgrade options will exist for those with non-genuine copies currently installed.–PC Pitstop.
Windows Pirates Will Walk the Plank
by Marc Thomas for Daves Computer Tips
Just when you thought the decks had been nicely cleared for your hornpipes and buxom wenches, Microsoft hoists its colours and decides that you’ll be walking the plank after all, ye olde sea dogs!
If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade…..Microsoft lawyer spokesman.
One has to wonder sometimes whether the right hand knows what the left is doing at Microsoft. With their recent announcement that all Windows 7 and 8 users, whether genuine or not, would be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 during the first year, one could be mistaken for imagining that they had cleared the decks and declared an amnesty for those who had acquired Windows through more nefarious means.
Not so. Whilst not an actual u-turn and more a legalese intervention, their latest statement appears to be more of a clarification of their previous free upgrade statement, but achieves nothing more than to disturb the calm waters they had just sailed us all into. Users of genuine copies of Windows were already throwing their toys overboard, asking why they should have to subsidise those good-for-nothing scabby pirates who had robbed them blind and were now being let off the hook scot free. One can only imagine the scene at Microsoft HQ when their legal team suffered a light-bulb moment and realised that they were perfectly positioned to add a codicil to their initial statement, presumably to mollify the bleeding heart genuine users and inserting a brand new word, namely mislicensed into the plot.