Why is the free upgrade campaign to Windows 10 still going on?

Microsoft has been offering a free update campaign to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 since its release in 2015, and some of the free updates are still in progress at the time of article creation, which has already passed 4 years. Born's Tech and Windows World, a technical blog, explains why the free update for Windows 10 that was originally scheduled to end in one year is still going on.

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As official support for Windows 7 ends on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Microsoft strongly recommends moving to Windows 10. Windows 10 released on July 29, 2015 is free for a limited period of one year if you are a licensed user of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 with `` media creation tool '' officially distributed by Windows Update and Microsoft It was possible to upgrade. '

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As announced, the free upgrade campaign to Windows 10 via Windows Update ended on July 28, 2016, but if you use the product key and media creation tool of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can upgrade free of charge even at the time of article creation Can. Information on how to upgrade using this product key and media creation tool can also be found in the Microsoft official Q & A forum .

Meanwhile, CokeRobot, a Microsoft employee, appeared on November 30, 2019 on Reddit , an international bulletin board site. He talked about why the Windows 10 free upgrade campaign continues.

CokeRobot, who worked at Microsoft before the release of Windows 10, testified that 'the one-year free upgrade itself was entirely a marketing effort.' It seems that after the free upgrade campaign was over, the Windows 10 license was scheduled to be fully charged, but Terry Meyerson, head of the Windows Developer Group (WDG), the Windows development team, Windows is no longer Microsoft He claimed that he should focus on the penetration rate of Windows 10 rather than license revenues.

Microsoft announced before the official release of Windows 10, 'pirated version of Windows 7 is also eligible for a free upgrade campaign to Windows 10.' Later this announcement was withdrawn, but this plan was also based on the big idea of blocking the security threat with the official version of Windows 10, considering the prevalence of Windows 10.

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On the other hand, as a listed company, Microsoft must explain the loss of sales and profits to investors, so it is impossible to make the license completely free. Therefore, free update on Windows Update will be terminated as planned, and new licenses for Windows 10 will continue to be sold. CokeRobot explains that it was a development that allowed it.

In addition, Microsoft in operating loss due to free upgrade to July 2016 from July 2015 to 20 billion dollars (about 216 billion yen), and lost a net profit 1.4 billion dollars (about 150 billion yen) has been reported The

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