The kicker here, however, is that even if you don't use assistive technologies in Windows, you can still take advantage of the free upgrade. So, for anyone that wants a legitimate Windows 10 license without having to fork over any money, this is about as good as it gets.
Microsoft originally said that its free upgrade for assistive technologies users would end on December 31st, 2017. However, that date passed and customers were still able to download a free copy of Windows 10. Microsoft then updated the language on its site to state:
If you use assistive technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. Please take advantage of this offer before it expires on January 16th, 2018.
Well, today is the day, which means that if Microsoft is true to its word, you will no longer be able to download the Windows 10 installer tomorrow. Freeloaders will have to either upgrade all of their machines by this evening or prepare to fork over $100+ for a license for each computer. In other words, the party's over pal... or is it?
Given that Windows 10 has been offered [uninterrupted] as a free upgrade in some form or since its release, it doesn't really make much sense for Microsoft to end the program now. After all, the company got cold feet on December 31st, and it could very well change its mind again tomorrow.
It's likely that only techies and people who genuinely need assistive technologies even know that the free upgrade "loophole" still exists anyway, and most enthusiasts have probably already upgraded to Windows 10 (or at least have obtained their free license key by now). The majority of legacy Windows users who still need to upgrade will likely go through the normal channels to do so, forking over money for a digital download.
So, what exactly does Microsoft have to lose by keeping this loophole open?