In this guest post, Matt Moorut, Marketing Executive at Technology Trust, looks at the implications of Microsoft‘s annoucement that Windows 10 will be offered as a free-of-charge upgrade on devices running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows Phone.
The offer will only be available within the first year of Windows 10’s release, which is expected later in 2015.
This approach marks a change of tack for Microsoft, which has always charged for upgrades to their operating systems in the past.
This being said, Microsoft has been donating a number of their products to charities around the world, which are accessible to UK-based charities through our own tt-exchange programme. This isn’t just limited to operating systems (although Windows 7 and 8 are included), but also includes Microsoft Office, Windows Servers and more. You can see the full product catalogue of Microsoft products by clicking here.
Thanks to the tt-exchange programme, UK charities have been able to access Microsoft products where they otherwise wouldn’t have been due to limited budgets.
It’s likely that the struggle for charities will be a lack of the money needed to upgrade their hardware rather than their software.
It’s unfortunately unlikely that a computer struggling to run Windows 7 or 8 will fare much better with Windows 10. This is especially an issue in the charity sector, which focuses so heavily on helping others rather than improving IT infrastructure. It’s due to this that many smaller charities are still stuck using Windows XP, even though it’s no longer supported and vulnerable to online attacks such as viruses.
For those charities for whom this is the case, it might be worth considering purchasing a new, blank computer from a reputable source, and then adding donated Windows Get Genuine software available through tt-exchange to add the essential programs you need to use it. This can save you money, as even if you buy a refurbished computer, you can often find yourself still having to pay full price software.
In any case, Windows 10 will apparently bring upgrades to a number of Office products, added productivity features and improved software for managing visual media like photos, as well as offering a new browser to replace Internet Explorer (hooray!). We look forward to hearing more!
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