Microsoft’s July 29 deadline is almost here, as is the end of the Windows 10 free upgrade period, but the company’s legal woes may be just beginning. Three Florida men sued the company last Friday, alleging that its Windows 10 upgrade notifications and offers constitute unsolicited electronic advertisements as well as violating FTC law on deceptive and unfair business practices. The other suit, filed in Haifa, Israel, alleges that Microsoft installed Windows 10 on users’ computers without their consent.
Microsoft has denied any wrongdoing and writes: “[W]e believe the plaintiffs’ claims are without merit and we are confident we’ll be successful in court.” Microsoft also claims that upgrading to Windows 10 is a choice, not a requirement — though they’ve frankly blurred the line between those two states extensively over the past 12 months. Last month, a woman won a $10,000 judgment against the company in small claims court.