Windows 10
Windows 10 upgrade deadline doesn't apply to assistive technology users: Microsoft. In picture: A laptop computer runs a demonstration copy of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system at the Microsoft store in New YorkReuters

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be out soon, it had added that users would be able to upgrade to the OS for free. However, Microsoft's free upgrade offer was valid for only a year, and will expire on July 29.

While many have put off the idea of upgrading to Windows 10 primarily because the OS is a work in progress, users just might have to bite the bullet and go ahead with the update, with Microsoft not extending the free upgrade deadline. Unless they're a specific type of user.

Microsoft on Friday made an interesting announcement on its Accessibility Blog:

"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," the blog post said, adding that the company is still committed towards ensuring that users of assistive technologies have the option to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

No information has been shared regarding how users of assistive technologies can take advantage of this feature, or how Microsoft, for that matter, intends to identify such users.

The good news with the July 29th deadline is once the window closes, Microsoft will also stop nagging users to upgrade.

The company had earlier announced on the official Windows 10 blog that users who wish to upgrade post the offer's expiry would need to purchase a copy for $199, or, we guess, buy a new laptop.