Microsoft continues to support the free upgrade to Windows 10 for people that are using assistive technologies in Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
While the upgrade was freely available to everyone in the first year of the Windows 10 release, Microsoft announced shortly before the end of the free upgrade period in mid-2016 that assistive technology users could continue to have access to free upgrades.
As there is no check by the upgrade tool to confirm if people are using assistive technologies, there has been concerned that the free tool would be scrapped due to people using it regardless of their assistive technology needs. However, as of January 2017, the tool remains available and has been tested to confirm it will still provide the free upgrade.
Given the large number of accessibility features in Windows 10 including a full-screen magnifier, Narrator screen reader and touchscreen support, it’s great to see Microsoft continuing to help people with disabilities by providing a free upgrade path.
The upgrade tool can be downloaded from the Microsoft Windows 10 Assistive Technology Upgrade page.