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[PCWorld] Yes, Windows 10 subscriptions are coming, at least for enterprise

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Beginning this fall, Microsoft will offer Windows 10 Enterprise E3, a special enterprise tier of Windows 10 that will cost $7 per user per month. Yusuf Mehdi, the corporate vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, said cloud providers would now be able to offer three premier Microsoft services on a subscription basis: Microsoft’s Azure, Office 365, and now Windows 10.

 

 

Well, I am not sure what to make off this.

 

For consumer... well, God help MS if they start to do subscription - I really don't think MS is in position to repeat model of Red Hat (subscription to get updates), or even Apple (pay for upgrade to major version, which is still a lot less than MS offers).


Edited by BobiBolivia - 7/13/16 at 7:32am
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I hate to say this, but if this comes to end users i will be forced to go back to win 8 or make the permanent switch to a Linux disto.
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For the record, I have a laptop with W7 Pro, upgraded to W10 Pro by install from ISO, was not impressed at all, went back to W7.
I already paid for W8.1 license on desktop, so I want to use it till absolute end of support, and then we will see.
(Red Hat might come in handy...)
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Okay, as long as it doesn't reach the consumer side I'd be okay with it.
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The calm before the storm. This has been confirmed and always been MS plan to go subscription based with regular consumers. Part of the reason why they gave it away free for a full year. Reel em all in and then bam. Pay day $$$$$$$. Its never been a secret and MS has made it quite clear they are going this route. The comments are always quite entertaining. OMG to hell with MS I am going Linux etc etc.

The majority will do absolutely NOTHING. MS knows this. Only the hardcore tech nerds. If then. Pfffft. MS owns you and you will pay up. MS themselves is brash enough to say the same thing in their own twisted way.
Edited by FattysGoneWild - 7/13/16 at 7:55am
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MS has been calling win10 a "service". This stands right in line with the rhetoric they've been using since the roll out began.
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Lots of enterprise customers will gladly welcome this. It will far simplify allowing corporations to know and set a budget and allow them to simply write 1 check and be done with it
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Btw, it's not like I wanted to add yet another "W10 is bad, MS is incompetent" thread, but I thought this would be worth of sharing.

Currently I am wondering, in case Microsoft push this model down to consumers:

1) All those who jumped into "public beta testing" by accepting "free" upgrade, will get W10-as-service for free forever ?
2) Price of such model ?

Allow me now to stay within speculation of future consumer model:

- last time I saw, Apple asked for "whopping" 25$ to upgrade between major OSX releases (can't find which ones)
- new license of Windows costs close to or north of 100$
- basic Red Hat subscription for desktop systems costs 49$, which accounts for a little more than 4$/month

It will be interesting to see, what MS pulls out from magic hat.


As for the "Imma switch from MS to Linux" debate, I have to agree here:
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The majority will do absolutely NOTHING. MS knows this. Only the hardcore tech nerds.
post #9 of 92
For an enterprise environment this may actually make sense, depending on what is bundled in it. For a consumer, it does not make sense.

Not to defend MS (I hate the idea of a subscription based OS), but $7 / mo means that it will take a little over 2 years before you pay the full price anyway (for the Pro version). If they plan on rolling out major updates every ~2 years then it will essentially be the same as paying for a new copy of Windows each time it comes out, the only difference being that you have no choice in the matter.

If you can believe MS, then they say that "This new subscription model is not associated with our current upgrade offering or applicable to the Windows 10 consumer edition", meaning home users are safe, for now at least. If they do roll out subscription for home users I can see them doing tiered system, where you pay a base rate for the OS and a little more per month for things like office and so on. Basically the cable TV model, although we all know how much we like that.

I would love to say that if this happens I will go Linux, however Linux gaming is going to have to get a lot better first.

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“For the price of a cup of coffee and a donut per day, you can get enterprise-class security on a per-user subscription basis,” Mehdi said onstage at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada.

$7 / mo = $0.24 / day. Where the hell is he getting a doughnut and coffee for a quarter?
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I got my window 7 and key lock and loaded should they tell me I have to pay them a yearly sub. (literally have my win 7 disk in my disk reader ready to install at a moment notice biggrin.gif)
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