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May 21, 2014
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By Fraser Brown-Pcgamesn
Attempts to curb software piracy have been conciliatory lately. Less and less are pirates being blamed for poor sales of software, and instead measures are being taken to bring them back into the paying customer fold. Paradox is trying to tempt pirates into buying Cities: Skylines by offering lots of free updates on Steam, for instance, but Microsoft is taking it one step further.

Users of Windows 7 and later will get a free upgrade to Windows 10, and that includes pirates. This is an attempt to curb OS piracy in China, where around 1 in 10 Windows users are using a pirated copy.

Microsoft’s Terry Myerson told Reuters that the free upgrade would be for “all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine”.

This could mean free upgrades for millions of pirated versions of Windows.

Microsoft has made countless to thwart pirates in the past, starting with activation licenses with Windows XP. Of course, the pirates always manage to get the better of them. But this time the compay is taking the carrot, rather than the stick, approach. It's hoped that the move will inspire pirates to purchase a license and become a paying customer.

Windows 10 is expected to appear this summer

By Matt Purslow-pcgamesn-via -videogamer
this article is a bit older but posted on the same day = today

Microsoft have nailed now a release window for its next version of its operating system. Windows 10 will be released this summer in 190 different countries. Furthermore, the software giant has confirmed that if you’re an existing Windows user with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows Phone 8.1, you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

The free upgrade will only be available for the first year, so if you’re eligible be sure to upgrade within twelve months.

In regards to gaming, Windows 10 is important as it will be shipping with DirectX 12, the newest version of Microsoft’s graphics technology that is core to so many PC games. Windows 10 also comes with a new Xbox app that allows PC and console players to use Xbox Live and the various functions of that system. Various Windows 10 games will also be cross-platform with Xbox One, such as Fable Legends.

Finally the system will also allow Xbox One games to be streamed to your PC
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Super Donor
May 1, 2014
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I did NOT see that coming. This is a huge change in the console market though. just think about it.. any PC with Windows 10 is basically an XBone Emulator. Quite possibly we may have a new console generation that will just be parts added to your PC or TV. No longer a Box that gets out dated with in months of it's release and with the ability to have exchangeable parts to the custom use of the user.