MICROSOFT HAS decided to go passive-aggressive super-nice in a last ditch attempt to wrench Windows 7 and 8.x users away before the free update period for Windows 10 expires on 29 July.
The passive part comes in the form of the rather polite heading: 'Sorry to interrupt but this is important [it isn't]. Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends 29 July.' It does. There's even a Knowledge Base article, so we all know where we stand.
The aggressive part comes with the fact that the message blocks the entire screen, looking not dissimilar to a different sort of blue screen oft associated with the Grim Reaper.
Throughout 'Updategate' Microsoft's attitude to users who choose to, or in some cases can't, upgrade has been one of a dog or cat who can't understand why they aren't being heaped with praise for bringing a dead shrew into the house.
Full screen interrupt-o-grams are the equivalent of waking up and finding that half the shrew is smeared over the pillow next to you and your pet is looking proudly on, sure that the idea of a dead alarm clock is bound to curry favour.
The good news is that, following on from last week's surprise addition of a 'no means no' button to June's nagware, this one can be turned off, with the option of 'Remind me three more times' or 'Get this shit off my screen you turgid little crash vultures.' We didn't check the second one, but that was definitely the drift, we're sure.
Microsoft has promised that after 29 July, when you'll have to fork out an unspecified but suspected £99 for the upgrade, it is going to quit with the nagging that has drawn so much criticism over the past year.
However, the company recently confirmed that it couldn't guarantee it would just stop on day one. Hell no. That'd be far too easy.
Microsoft claimed that Windows 10 is already on 300 million machines, but that includes Xbox, tablets, 2-in-1s, HoloLens, and Kevin the Windows Mobile User. Hello Kevin.
The INQUIRER has reported less about Windows 10 Mobile in recent months as, given the limited appeal of the platform and the fact that Microsoft has closed the hardware division, it's easier just to pop over to Kevin's mum's basement and tell him in person. µ
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