Microsoft extended the period of time during which owners of Windows 10 S will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free. Originally, Windows 10 S owners were able to upgrade through the end of the year, but the offer has been extended to March 31, 2018. 

Those who even miss the extender offer, the upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro will cost $49. Microsoft announced the news a few days ago, along with the availability of Surface Laptops in more countries and additional colors:

“We hope this provides increased flexibility for those people searching for the perfect back-to-school or holiday gift,” said Raphael Aquino Jose, Surface Senior Product Marketing Manager.

When Microsoft introduced Windows 10 S earlier this year, many people saw it as a successor of Windows RT, both style, and success-wise. Because, as you’re probably aware, Windows 10 S allows users to run apps from the Windows Store only.

But the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free completely changed the perspective. As many people begun to look at the Surface Laptop as a cheaper alternative to ‘regular’ Windows 10 devices. And it makes a perfect sense, since the Surface Laptop is cheaper than a lot of Windows 10 laptops, and the ability to get Windows 10 Pro for free seems attractive to a lot of potential buyers.

What do you think of the idea of using the Surface Pro as a ‘hack’ to get a cheaper Windows 10 device? Let us know in the comments below.

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