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Microsoft Convergence 2015 – Windows 10 Coming This Summer, Even To Pirates

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Launching in 190 countries, but no specific release date as yet

Microsoft has revealed more details about the roadmap for Windows 10, confirming that we’ll only have to wait a few more months to experience the latest version.

The company revealed in a blog post today that Windows 10 will launch this summer in 190 countries around the world, although there was no word on a specific date.

Windows chief and Microsoft executive vice president Terry Meyerson made the announcement at the WinHEC conference in Shenzhen, China, yesterday.

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In a surprising move, Meyerson also revealed that Microsoft plans to deliver free Windows 10 upgrades to all customers, even those running pirated versions of Windows.

“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” he told Reuters.

Previously, Microsoft had said that consumer PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 would be entitled to free upgrades to Windows 10 for the first year after the product is released.

Microsoft also disclosed supported upgrade paths for PCs and phones (pictured above), revealing that any PC running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or the most recent release of Windows 8.1 can upgrade using the Windows Update path, as can phones running Windows 8.1, with all other devices will need to be upgraded manually, using disk image (ISO) files.

However this also brought the widely-expected death knell for the company’s much-maligned Windows RT platform, which will not be upgradable to Windows 10, and also will no longer receive Windows update support.

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