Today is an auspicious day for Microsoft, representing the last day that the company is offering its free upgrade to Windows 10. If you haven’t taken advantage of the offer yet, then you should definitely give it some thought. However, Microsoft is also making concerted efforts to make Windows 10 more accessible to users of assistive technologies, and one way they’re doing so is extending the free upgrade offer to just those people.
Today on the Microsoft Accessibility Blog, Microsoft goes out of their way to let everyone know that the free upgrade offer is extended for some users. Here’s the scoop:
With the end of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer today for the general public, we want to remind customers who use assistive technologies that the deadline will not apply to you. As promised, we are rolling out a new webpage, starting today, to help customers who use assistive technologies to navigate the process and access the free upgrade offer extension for Windows 10 at: www.microsoft.com/accessibility/windows10upgrade.
With more than a billion people with disabilities in the world, we are excited for customers to experience the new accessibility features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. These include improving the screen reading experience with Narrator, the accessibility of experiences and apps like Microsoft Edge, Mail and the Start menu, as well as better tools and resources for developers to build more accessible apps and experiences.
For more information about Windows accessibility, check out https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Accessibility/windows. And, as always, keep the feedback coming. It’s critically important to us as we keep working to give you a great experience.
We’re happy to see Microsoft bending over backwards to make sure everyone can use Windows 10, including making the upgrade a free one for those who use assistive technologies. Let us know in the comments how much you appreciate Microsoft’s keeping Windows 10 free for those who need its new accessibility features the most.Further reading: Accessibility, Assistive Technology, Microsoft, Windows 10, Windows 10 Anniversary Update