Hi all. A bit of a technical blog this time round, but this could affect many PC users.
At the end of July 2016, the offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10 was withdrawn for most users, though the offer for those using assistive technology such as screen readers and screen magnifiers was extended. This extended offer is now coming to an end as of 31 December 2017.
I strongly suggest that anyone using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 should upgrade their version of Windows before the end of December. Those using Windows 7 may not want to upgrade, though- particularly if they have old devices which may not work with Windows 10. If you use Office 2003 or older, then I would also suggest that you do not upgrade to Windows 10.
I am very happy to discuss upgrading to Windows 10 and any implications it may have for you. If you live in the East London area then I can also arrange to visit you and help you carry out the upgrade if this is the most appropriate step for you, and of course this service is absolutely free of charge!
You can reach me by calling my mobile which is 07779 441000 or calling East London Vision on 0203 697 6464, or contacting me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information confirming the end of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer is tricky to find so I have included a link to the relevant Microsoft blog post at the end of this article.
The post also discusses some interesting Microsoft accessibility improvements in the latest version of Windows 10. The most interesting of these for many readers will probably be the colour filter, which will allow you to quickly set colour choices that will then apply to all programs on your PC.
For info on the end of the assistive technology free upgrade offer visit: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/accessibility/2017/10/17/windows-10-accessibility-update/
Written by Graham Page