MICROSOFT confirms it will stop bombarding users with upgrade pop-ups from July.
If you’ve not made the jump to Windows 10 it’s probably because you’re happy with your current operating system.
However, Microsoft doesn’t really want you using old version of its OS and has been proactively trying to get everyone to upgrade.
This has included pop-ups and even Windows 10 adverts taking over user’s home screens – as this weather girl found out.
The good news for those who simply don’t want Windows 10 is things are about to change.
The US technology firm will end its year-long free upgrade scheme on July 29th 2016 and will start charging customers with older copies of Windows to make the jump to Windows 10.
Prices start from £99 for Windows 10 and top-out at £130 for Windows 10 Pro.
Because Microsoft is about to start charging for the upgrade it appears it’s going to stop the ads.
Speaking to WinBeta, a spokesperson for Microsoft confirmed that it was looking at removing the Get Windows 10 app from computers across the globe.
“Details are still being finalised, but on July 29th the Get Windows 10 app that facilitates the easy upgrade to Windows 10 will be disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide.
“Just as it took time to ramp up and roll out the Get Windows 10 app, it will take time to ramp it down.”
Customers were so exasperated by the prompts to upgrade to Windows 10 – they were downloading apps specifically built to block the pop-ups.
Earlier this year, Microsoft re-categorised its free operating system upgrade as a “recommended update”, which meant it would start to install automatically on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines – without input from the user.
And if that wasn’t enough – Microsoft rolled-out a new pop-up for Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktop machines, which appeared to remove the ability to opt-out of the complimentary OS upgrade.
Instead the Windows 10 notification offers two dialogue boxes, with the options – “Update Now” or “Update Tonight”.
Closing the pop-up from the top right-hand corner will make the upgrade offer go away – but placing the “Update Tonight” option in the position you’d expect to find a “Cancel” option seems a little misleading and could easily trip-up skim-readers and the less tech-savvie.