The dark satanic rumour mill had manufactured a hell on earth rumour which claimed that Microsoft was going to give away free Windows updates to those who had pirated its Windows 10 OS.
It was all based on the fact that in January, Microsoft announced it would offer free Windows 10 upgrades to those running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1.
Reports suggested the offer would extend to those who pirated their software although Microsoft did point out that the Windows licences would stay non-genuine and would be unsupported.
Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed the Windows 10 editions and that the free upgrades for genuine users were to Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Mobile, and Windows 10 Home.
Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems confirmed that for genuine users, the free upgrade to Windows 10 means receiving “ongoing Windows innovation and security updates for free, for the supported lifetime of that device.
When Microsoft can’t verify that Windows is properly installed, licensed, and not tampered with, it creates a desktop watermark to notify the user. If you ever encounter this watermark on a new machine, I encourage you to return the device immediately to the retailer from whom you purchased it and request a Genuine Windows device, he said,
While its free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, it will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state, he said.
Myerson says Microsoft is planning “very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers” for older devices in a “non-genuine” state. These will be announced in conjunction with Microsoft’s OEM partners, but the company is leaving computer makers to share those specifics at a later date.