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  • Microsoft’s “new, free” Win7 – to – Win10 upgrade assistance isn’t new, and it isn’t really free

    Posted on August 13th, 2019 at 10:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer had an interesting column this morning in Computerworld about Microsoft’s FastTrack program:

    “With FastTrack, we help you to envision a technical plan, determine how to onboard and deploy new services and/or users, and work with you as you deploy”

    I’m seeing that info hit the Windows blogosphere, and it’s taking on a very different tone.

    First, the assistance isn’t really free. As Gregg explains:

    the assistance comes free of charge with the purchase of at least 150 licenses for one of the eligible subscription plans or service. Not surprisingly, those subscriptions include Office 365 as well as Microsoft’s current emphasis, Microsoft 365 (M365)

    Not exactly free as in beer. Unless you’re buying 150 bottles of it in a subscription plan.

    Second, it’s an old offering, just dusted off for the occasion. Per Gregg:

    FastTrack is not new. The label and its benefits – help in deploying a service or subscription – goes back years. Nor is this the first time Microsoft has trumpeted FastTrack in a Windows 7-to-Windows 10 context.

    So when you start reading about this fabulous new free offer to help you move from Win7 to Win10, go back to Gregg’s article and read it carefully.

    Far as I know, the only place you’ll find knowledgeable, free help in moving from Win7 to Win10, should you so choose, is right here.