Today at the renewed Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. We already know that Windows 10 is a free upgrade to hundreds of millions of customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Speaking to Recode, Terry Myerson has confirmed that Microsoft will offer free upgrades to even pirated copies of Windows.
“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” he said in a telephone interview with Reuters. The plan is to “re-engage” with the millions of users in China, he said, without elaboration.
Microsoft also shared new partnerships with several world-leading companies to deliver a seamless Windows 10 upgrade experience to customers in China. Strategic partnerships with Lenovo, Tencent and Qihu 360 will help Windows 10 reach hundreds of millions of customers in China and spur adoption of Windows 10 worldwide. Read more about it here.