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Users of assistive technology can upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro for free

By Bryan Chan & Ng Chong Seng - on 19 May 2017, 10:55am

Users of assistive technology can upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro for free

Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that’s streamlined for security and performance because it only allows apps from the Windows Store. It’d be pre-installed on 'education PCs' from Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba in the coming months as well as Microsoft’s very own Surface Laptop.

While everybody likes security and performance, the way that Windows 10 S achieves both - that is, barring Win32 apps not from the Windows Store - may not go down well with some. Additionally, Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10 S and Bing the default search engine.

Fortunately, it’s easy to upgrade Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro, which has none of the aforementioned restrictions. And until the end of the year, Microsoft will be allowing education buyers to do the upgrade for free. After that, the upgrade fee is US$49 (~RM217).

Another group that will be getting the upgrade for free are assistive technology users. This was revealed at a blog post earlier today that details the accessibility features (improvements to the Narrator built-in screen reader, improvements for low vision users, new reading and writing features) that are coming later this year in the Fall Creators Update.

Jeff Petty, Windows Accessibility Program Manager Lead:

"Microsoft is committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities and providing choices for devices and modes for operating Windows. We will provide assistive technology users with a switch to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 S at no charge as we continue to improve our built-in assistive technology and bring more assistive technology apps to the Microsoft Store."

Thanks, Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft.