If you’ve been busy or putting it off because upgrading is a pain, there are still five days left. The free offer expires on July 29; after that it will cost $119 to upgrade. (Technically, you have until 5:59 a.m. ET on July 30.)
If you’re still on the fence, Microsoft hopes the allure of a slightly more Echo-like Cortana, beefed-up stylus support, and the ability to log onto sites with your face will win you over. Those are some of the bigger features coming on August 2 with an “Anniversary Update.”
When Microsoft first unveiled Windows 10 last July, it included an offer it though users couldn’t refuse. The operating system upgrade would be available as a free download for one year. The company even confidently predicted it would have Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices by mid-2018.
But Microsoft recently walked back its 1 billion goal. Only 350 million devices are currently running Windows 10, and it will need at least two more years to hit the billion mark, according to the company. The lag is fueled partially by disappointing Windows 10 phone sales, and by customers reluctant to let go of older versions of Windows. Windows 7 is still running on more than 50% of Windows PCs.
Microsoft is trying to sweeten the pot with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which will be released on August 2, four days after the upgrade deadline. Here are some highlights that Microsoft hopes will woo any users still on the fence.