It was lamost a decade of fight for Microsoft against pirated versions but in the battle the big picture was lost for the company that has been sidelined to a corner in the tech world.
Now that the free-first-but-pay-later strategy of many tech giants is sending sense into the company’s leadership to wink at pirated versions of Windows 7 and 8 which are in great spread all over the world and provide them free updates to eventually pave the way for payment model later.
Revealing this, Microsoft Executive Vice-President Terry Myerson told the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China that the move to update pirated versions will bring them into the official Microsoft sphere, especially in China and India and other Asian and East European countries.
He said it will benefit the country as China, where the the most pirated versions are in vogue and not properly licensed and Microsoft has partnered with Tencent and Qihu 360 in China to achieve the numbers, he said.
To be launched in 190 countries this summer, Microsoft Windows 10 installation requires system features as below:
For Desktop PCs, at least 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage is required to run the 32-bit version of Windows 10 but the systems need to double up to 64-bit edition and the display screen should be bigger than 7 inches for Windows Pro, and bigger than 8 inches for the consumer version of windows 10.
For Mobile devices, the screen size should be 3 inches to a tablet-sized 7.99 inches with a resolution of up to 2,560×2,048 pixels, with a minimum resolution screens capable of showing the start, back and search buttons.
Several latest mobile systems-on-chips such as octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and hexa-core Snapdragon 808, and AMD’s Carrizo and Carrizo-L will support Windows 10. Besides, Windows 10 will run on Intel’s 14nm Cherry Trail Atom processors and the forthcoming Atom x3 and the Skylake architecture for desktops.
Smartphones or handheld devices should have a minimum RAM of 512MB and the memory required depends on the screen size. In mobile devices with 1GB of RAM gets 720p, 2GB for a full HD 1080p screen, 3GB for 2,560×1,600 pixels and 4GB for 2,560×2,048 screens.