When Microsoft first launched the Windows 10 S earlier this year, it announced that users will be getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro until the end of the year 2017, but now the company has extended the free upgrade offer by three months.users will now be able to upgrade until March 31, 2018.
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According to an update post from Microsoft about the availability of Surface Pro laptops in new color schemes across the globe, Windows 10 S users will now be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro until March 31, 2018.
When it was introduced earlier this year, Windows 10 S was made the default operating system on Microsoft’s Surface laptops.
Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s secure and better-performing OS offering that only runs verified Windows Store apps and doesn’t allow third-party apps. In order to encourage users to try out the Windows 10 S, Microsoft had added the benefit of a free Windows 10 Pro upgrade.
Earlier, the tech giant had also mentioned that post the free upgrade period, anyone other than students who wished to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro will need to pay $49.
“For those that find they need an application that isn’t yet available in the Store and must be installed from another source, we’re extending the ability to switch from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro for free,” Microsoft stated in their blog post.
“We hope this provides increased flexibility for those people searching for the perfect back-to-school or holiday gift.”
While it’s unclear what has caused Microsoft to warm up to users running Windows 10 S, it seems like the delay in the release of popular apps like iTunes for Windows 10 S and others is one of the reasons.
This will also give Microsoft the much-needed window to expose more people to its ‘streamlined security and performance of Windows 10 S’ before they consider the Windows 10 Pro free upgrade.
The Surface Laptops are now available for pre-order and purchase in Cobalt Blue, Burgundy, and Graphite Gold colors in US, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherland, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Taiwan, HK, China, Norway, Australia, and New Zealand.