Microsoft muddies waters about free copy of Windows 10 to beta testers

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by | June 22, 2015

Microsoft on Friday said Windows 10 beta testers will receive a free copy of the operating system’s stable build next month then almost immediately tweaked its statement, again muddying the waters.

Gabriel Aul, the engineering general manager for Microsoft’s operating system group, got the ball rolling Friday in a blog where he also pointed out several changes to the Windows Insider program, Microsoft’s name for its Windows 10 preview regimen. The most newsworthy of Aul’s statements was that Insider participants would receive Windows 10’s final code, even if they didn’t install the preview on a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC eligible for the one-year free upgrade.

“Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA [Microsoft Account] connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29,” Aul said. “As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build.”



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