While we previously informed users that the free Windows 10 upgrade for users of assistive technologies on older versions of the operating software would end on December 31, Microsoft is yet to remove the page.
This initially led to some confusion as we were unsure if Microsoft was going to extend the offer indefinitely, though the company has now clarified the status of the offer. The page has now been updated to indicate the offer will expire on January 16, 2018, leaving users with 10 more days to upgrade to Microsoft's latest operating system for free. After this, an upgrade will cost $119.
As before though, the company isn't verifying if those who apply for the upgrade are actually eligible and use assistive technologies, leaving the offer as a bit of an unofficial loophole among the community members who missed the July 29, 2016 deadline marking the one year since the release of Windows 10.
Perhaps as a gesture of respect, Microsoft is refusing to make those with disabilities go through hoops in order to verify they actually use assistive technologies. Indeed, the company has been making big strides in adding various technologies aimed at helping users with disabilities navigate its products with greater ease, and was the recipient of the Helen Keller award for its work in this regard late last year.