The free Windows 10 S upgrade period has been extended by three months.
Alongside the Surface Laptop, Microsoft introduced a new version of Windows in May called Windows 10 S. With it, users get a stripped-down version of the software that’s made specifically for low-end and education-focused devices. But the demands of the software are reduced by limiting users to apps from the Windows Store.
Many need outside programs, so the company implemented a period in which anyone with a Windows 10 S device can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free. That period was set to close at the end of 2017. Today, Microsoft provided an extension.
Microsoft announced the free Windows 10 S upgrade period will run through March 31, 2018. After that, a device can only be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro by paying a one-time $50 fee.
The extension gives more time to people who were on the fence about Windows 10 S, especially with school starting again and the holidays right around the corner. Considering how weak the Windows Store is, Microsoft should be applauded for giving more time to upgrade for free. Key apps are still missing, and any platform is only as good as the apps it offers.