Giving it out for free in China is a calculated move that improved security from modern technology means less of that.
[Edited by Neo7, 3/18/2015 7:08:21 PM]
EDIT: I was wrong. MS spokesperson confirmed it's global. Pirates and legit users of Windows 7 and 8 will get free legit copies of Windows 10. I have no idea what their strategy behind it is.
[Edited by Neo7, 3/18/2015 8:39:45 PM]
MORE EDIT: Build 10041 is live in the Insider's Fast Ring and can be downloaded. I have not installed it successfully yet though (ran out of space on HDD).
Technical change log: Link
MS Blog Entry (includes known issues): Link
[Edited by Neo7, 3/18/2015 8:50:59 PM]
What I would like to know, despite DX12, is just how better will be/is Win10 outperforming Win7, 64bit versions of course, and if it's worth upgrading from Win7 Ultimate.
Part of the development of Windows 10 was to streamline the OS installation by allow the OS to be delivered over Windows Update instead of by installation media. What MS meant to communicate is that Windows 7 and higher will be the OSes to receive Windows 10 via Windows Update and both genuine and non-genuine version can receive the Windows 10 installation file.
Note that it only states just that. Installing it will not affect your genuine status. So while the pirates will have the benefit of having a Windows 10 installation from an official source, they will still need to buy a legit key to do product activation (or continue being flagged as non-genuine).
TLDR: Yes pirates can download Windows 10. No they don't get a product key for free.
[Edited by Neo7, 3/19/2015 5:35:17 PM]
Don't see how they'll win over China and pirates with that, it's essentially the same thing as downloading it from elsewhere.
Here's hoping they finally introduce yearly subs with Win10.
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