Why Yes, That Creepy Icon *Is* Your Free Copy Of Windows 10

Why Yes, That Creepy Icon *Is* Your Free Copy Of Windows 10
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All around the world, Windows users are discovering a new icon in their notification trays — an offer to reserve a free copy of Windows 10. Sounds too good to be true, yes? Except Windows 10 actually is a free upgrade, and this really does appear to be the way you’ll get it.

Click on that icon, and up pops a description of how the upgrade process will work. (Were you hoping you’d get to download Windows 10 today? Sorry, this is just the reservation process.) Give Microsoft your email address — or not — and then Windows 10 will automatically download to your computer once Microsoft pulls the trigger.

When will that be? July is a pretty good bet. If you want Windows 10 on a disc, you can probably expect that to arrive at the end of August.

Update: Windows 10 is coming on July 29.