Microsoft – As per the recent statement released by Microsoft, it will give a free update of Windows 10 to nongenuine (pirated) users of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Microsoft is planning to release the new Windows 10 in Summer of 2015, the date is yet not disclosed.
The move is aimed at bringing all the nongenuine users also to the windows 10 platform and cross-sell some of the other Microsoft products like office online to these nongenuine users. It is reported that China has around 75% of users having a nongenuine copy of windows running the situation is also similar for most south-east Asians countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri-Lanka.
Windows 10 is expected to launch this summer in 190 countries and 111 different languages.
A free upgrade for anyone using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. The new Operating system is designed to run on smartphones, tablets, and PCs and to offer a more consistent experience across different devices so that you can continue your work which you were doing on your tablet when you switch to your smartphone/Laptop.
Windows 10 Will Come to Android Smartphones.
In addition to the above announcement Windows 10, will also be available to some of the Android smartphones.
Microsoft has tied up with the Chinese conglomerate Xiaomi to run windows 10 on some of the Xiaomi smartphones which are currently running Android.
The initial tie-up is to offer the Xiaomi Mi4 users chance to switch to Windows 10 by means of a download which will convert the Android device to a windows 10 phone.
Here is a Xiaomi Mi4 Mobile Running Windows 10
As per the statement released by Microsoft, it has partnered with Xiaomi under the Windows Insider Program and will offer Windows 10 download to a selected group of Mi4 users to try out the new Windows 10 operating system when it is available in summers.
Statement Released By Microsoft Says ” As part of the Windows Insider Program, Microsoft will partner with Xiaomi to offer Windows 10 free downloads to a select group of Xiaomi Mi4 users. Xiaomi Mi4 users will get the ability to flash their phones with the new Windows 10 OS and provide feedback to Xiaomi and Microsoft on their experience. This partnership will allow Xiaomi and Microsoft to get direct user feedback and continue to improve the experience for China. Microsoft is thrilled to see Xiaomi embracing Windows 10 and offering this great value to their customers. We’re excited to see the feedback we receive from this audience.
Xiaomi is a leading phone manufacturer in China undergoing significant global expansion. We are excited to partner with them in China and jointly gather feedback from Chinese users on their experience with Windows 10 to jointly collaborate on product and services development for the platform.
Availability will be announced in the months to come.”
This will not offer a Dual boot mechanism like we used to have for booting windows 7 and Ubuntu on a PC, the flash image will be like a custom ROM like a Cyanogen mod which you can flash on your native Android smartphone.
It is of great interest for modders who want to tinker with their smartphone will have an interesting option to migrate it to windows and see if it suits them more Vs Android ecosystem. Microsoft has also forged ties with the other Chinese giant Lenovo for offering Windows 10 on Lenovo smartphones which are currently running on Android.
Windows 10 – DirectX 12 will Support Crossfire/SLI between AMD and Nvidia
For Gamers Windows 10 is going to offer which is more like a dream come true with support for crossfire/SLI between AMD and Nvidia Graphic cards, As per a statement released some time back by Microsoft they are working on making this possible.
For readers who don’t know what a Crossfire/SLI is, it is a simple way to make two graphics card to work on a PC so that power of both can be combined to play games. The two cards work in Sync to increase the overall power required to render graphics.
However to similar models of the card is required to render alternate frames, this new innovation from DX 12 is a far cry from the current generation where two different GPU’s can be used one from Nvidia and other from AMD which is not possible currently.
We are going to see some exciting results out of this and if this works properly can give huge plus to PC Gaming. DX 12 will also support the older generation of graphics cards however some of the DX 12 features will require an upgrade.
Windows 10 What will happen to the Pirated Versions
Microsoft is going to roll out the Windows 10 update on 29 July 2015 and if you are on a pirated version of Windows 7 or 8 or even 8.1 you will get the update to Windows 10 but your copy of Windows 10 will stay pirated as per statement was given by Microsoft.
Earlier there was a statement by Microsoft that all genuine and non-genuine windows users are going to get the windows 10 update, later Microsoft released this statement making it clear that the pirated and non-genuine windows installation will continue to be labeled as non-genuine.
Statement by Microsoft :
The consumer free upgrade offer for Windows 10 applies to qualified new and existing devices running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1. Some editions are excluded from the consumer free upgrade—including Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to other Windows 10 enterprise offerings.
We have always been committed to ensuring that customers have the best Windows experience possible. With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. Non-Genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mis-licensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade. According to industry experts, use of pirated software, including Non-Genuine Windows, results in a higher risk of malware, fraud (identity theft, credit card theft, etc), public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions.
Microsoft, however, did not made it clear that what they are going to do to the pirated versions, will they add the annoying label that your copy is windows is non genuine or restrict access to some of the core functions of windows or a start up message displaying that the copy of windows you are using is non genuine and you need to register a genuine copy of windows.
This is even a more confusing scenario if you are on non-genuine windows and your windows 8 or 8.1 is working fine, so should you upgrade to Windows 10 and start getting some kind of warning which may not be cracked and removed using a WAT removal too by hackers and pirates. Will it be better for you to update to original Windows 10 or wait out some more days to determine what is happening before you opt to upgrade to Windows 10?
If you wish to purchase the Windows 10 the home version is priced at $119( Rs. 7500) and the Pro version is priced at $ 199(Rs. 12,000). That is a hell lot of money for Home PC buyers in India, most of the laptops are bundled with a pre-installed version of Windows but if you bought a laptop without OS or build your gaming PC Rig it is a high probability that you are stuck with a non-genuine copy of Windows.
The major risk with the non-genuine windows is it is prone to more errors and crashes, lack of updates and security is also compromised. If you do bank transactions and other purchases online with credit card and debit card information you are at greater risk.
Here is the update details for Genuine Windows which will get updated to Windows 10.
Which Version My Windows Will upgrade to From Windows 7!
|Upgrade from Windows 7|
|From Edition||To Edition|
|Windows 7 Starter||Windows 10 Home|
|Windows 7 Home Basic|
|Windows 7 Home Premium|
|Windows 7 Professional||Windows 10 Pro|
|Windows 7 Ultimate|
Which Version My Windows Will upgrade to From Windows 8 or 8.1!
|Upgrade From Windows 8|
|From Edition||To Edition|
|Windows 8.1||Windows 10 Home|
|Windows 8.1 Pro||Windows 10 Pro|
|Windows 8.1 Pro Student|
|Windows 8.1 Pro WMC|
|Windows Phone 8.1||Windows 10 Mobile|
You can even buy the Genuine Windows 10 Pro way cheaper for as less as $ 69 or Rs. 3500 with this simple tip, else you may have to shell out $199 or Rs. 12,000 to buy it. You can download the Windows 10 insider preview for Free.
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