MI­CROSOFT WON’T BUG YOU

To up­grade to Win­dows 10

Fiji Sun - - Sunbiz -

Now that Win­dows 10’s free up­grade pe­riod is nearly over, you’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing how soon those seem­ingly in­escapable up­grade prompts will go away on Win­dows 7 and 8.1 PCs. Ac­cord­ing to Mi­crosoft, you won’t have to wait too long.

The de­vel­oper tells WinBeta that it will start dis­abling the Get Win­dows 10 app af­ter July 29th, when it’ll cost money to up­grade to Win­dows 10, and will even­tu­ally re­move the app en­tirely.

It’ll take time to wind things down, Mi­crosoft says. The soft­ware could still pester you for a while, then, but you prob­a­bly won’t feel quite so much pres­sure to up­grade af­ter this sum­mer. Nine months af­ter re­lease, Mi­crosoft has stopped nei­ther up­grad­ing the OS nor gen­er­at­ing news re­volv­ing around its changes through the first half of 2016.

Fol­low­ing sto­ries ear­lier in the year re­gard­ing just how much data Win­dows 10 gath­ers about its users, level­ing with part­ners on its strong po­si­tion re­gard­ing Win­dows 10 sup­port for older chipsets and the OS’s “rec­om­mended down­load” sta­tus, Mi­crosoft held a largely pos­i­tive Build 2016 de­vel­oper con­fer­ence.

At its event, the firm un­veiled the An­niver­sary Up­date for Win­dows, pre­sum­ably its public name for its first Red­stone over­haul. The up­date, likely to land in the sum­mer, of­fers a suite of sty­lus op­ti­mi­sa­tions and apps to use them in Win­dows Ink, An­droid no­ti­fi­ca­tions and a full-on Linux de­vel­op­ment en­vi­ron­ment built right into the OS among much more.

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