Microsoft has been criticized quite a bit for its aggressive push of the free Windows 10 upgrade and there has been talk of legal action as well. The company was sued by a woman in California last month who ended up settling with Microsoft for a fair bit of money. The company has now been hit with more lawsuits over the same issue in the United States and both of them are seeking class action status.
The woman in California sued Microsoft because the automatic Windows 10 upgrade failed and caused issues to her PC which had a negative impact on her small business. Microsoft denied that it was at fault but cut her a $10,000 cheque anyway to avoid legal costs.
Three men have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft in the US District Court in Florida last week. They claim that the frequent “Get Windows 10” notices violate laws related to unsolicited electronic advertising and they might be potentially breaching Federal Trade Commission regulations on “deceptive and unfair practices.”
A lawsuit has also been filed against the company in Haifa, Israel over claims that Windows 10 was automatically installed on PCs without the owners’ knowledge or consent. Both cases are looking for class action status which basically means it’s going to become a legal headache for the company.
Microsoft is of the view that it did nothing wrong. It said in a statement that “We believe the plaintiffs’ claims are without merit and we are confident we’ll be successful in court,” reiterating that the Windows 10 upgrade was optional and not mandatory and that users were allowed to roll back to their previous iteration of Windows within a month upgrading to Windows 10.
The free Windows 10 upgrade offer is going to end in less than a week after which those who want to upgrade to Windows 10 will have to pay at least $120.