When Microsoft introduced security keys for Windows XP, it was the beginning of a long and tiring battle against piracy, one it would ultimately fail to control with users capable of downloading a full Windows 8 license in under two minutes.
Instead of continuing the tirade against pirates, it is actively embracing them by extended the free download of Windows 10 to illegitimate Windows 7 and 8 customers.
“Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. “We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies.”
Microsoft shocked quite a few Windows fans by announcing Windows 10 would be free for the first year to Windows 7 and 8 customers. It is a push to make sure all customers hop over to Windows 10, instead of staying on Windows 7.