Microsoft’s offer that will see Windows 7 and Windows 8 users getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 will also extend to pirated copies of the operating systems, Terry Myerson revealed in an interview with Reuters.
“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” Myerson said. A Microsoft representative later confirmed with The Verge that the company will indeed allow pirated versions of the operating system to be upgraded for free.
“Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows,” the representative said. “We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies.”
Microsoft has also confirmed that Windows 10 will launch this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages, although it did not announced a specific release date.