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Microsoft muddies waters about free copy of Windows 10 to beta testers

Gregg Keizer | June 22, 2015
Microsoft on Friday said Windows 10 beta testers will receive a free copy of the operating system's stable build next month then almost immediately tweaked its statement, again muddying the waters.

The confusion may be frustrating to some customers -- as in many other cases, customers who are among the most vocal of Microsoft's -- but moot for the vast majority of users, who will simply upgrade existing, and eligible, PCs. Microsoft's licensing is complex enough that there are countless edge cases where ambiguity is a side effect.

Still, the lack of clarity about many questions related to Windows 10 at this late date is disturbing, although not rare for Microsoft. At times the company seems entirely unable to come clean about its policies.

Computerworld, for example, installed the 10130 build from a disk image onto a new VM on a Mac -- not as an upgrade from one equipped with Windows 7 or 8.1 -- and although it was marked as "Windows is activated," that may not last.


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