With the consumer release of Windows 10 just around the corner, Microsoft is taking time out to confirm and reiterate a few things to ensure that there is no confusion in peoples’ minds when the new iteration of its operating system is finally released this summer. Microsoft is reminding people that the Windows 10 upgrade for qualified existing users is going to be free only for one year, and if they don’t upgrade within 12 months, they’ll have to pay for the new software.

A few days back we saw a confirmation come in from the company which made it clear that people who run pirated installations of Windows 10 will see a permanent desktop watermark.

This helped to end confusion about pirates possibly receiving a free upgrade to Windows 10, though it’s likely that Microsoft will lure them towards genuine software through discounts and other promotions.

In a post on its Australian Partner Network, Microsoft reiterates that the free Windows 10 upgrade for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices will only be free for one year. After the first year those qualified users who have not upgraded will have to pay for the software through boxed product or a digital download.

Earlier this week Microsoft also confirmed all of the different editions of Windows 10 which will be released this summer, pricing details are likely to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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