Upgraded your devices to Windows 10 yet? Today's the last day to do it for free

Microsoft released Windows 10 OS last year and set July 29 as the end date for upgrading existing Windows devices to the new standard for free.

From tomorrow, upgrading your Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs and laptops to Windows 10 will cost you money, so if you have any such devices, better upgrade them now.

Back in May, Microsoft reminded its users about today being the end date for the upgrade, but made a concession for customers with special needs who will be able to upgrade their devices to Windows 10 ay anytime in the future.

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'As you may have heard, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is set to end on July 29, but we want to clarify that that deadline will *not* apply to customers who use assistive technologies. We are continuing to deliver on our previously-shared vision for accessibility for Windows 10 and we are committed to ensuring that users of assistive technologies have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free as we do so,' said Microsoft in a blog post.

Microsoft launched Windows 10 exactly a year ago for desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, HoloLens and Xbox gaming consoles. Even though Microsoft released several Windows 10 phones subsequently, the company hasn't been able to pass on the upgrade to all older Lumia devices across the world. Nevertheless, the new OS features the likes of Cortana, Edge and Continuum which are major upgrades over existing Windows programmes.

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Despite Microsoft faring not too well in the smartphone market, the lure of Windows 10 has carried on untouched when it comes to tablets, laptops and PCs. While Microsoft's Surface Pro lap-tabs and Surface Books have gained in popularity, a numbers of other companies, including Samsung and more recently Xiaomi, have launched tablets and laptops based on the new OS. Windows 10 is also available customised for different usage conditions in the form of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro edition, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 IoT Core systems.

Microsoft is expected to release an Anniversary upgrade of Windows 10 on August 2. Even though the company hasn't given any indications on what all upgrades would be announced, speculations have been mostly hovering around increased capabilities of Cortana and improvement in OS speed and performance. According to PC World, Microsoft will be keen on removing the personalized login page, Wi-Fi Sense and the 'All App' button from the main menu.

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