Microsoft has announced plans to charge for the use of Windows 10 but how does this new subscription pricing affect the millions of consumers who upgraded to Windows 10 on the promise of it being free?
Microsoft has been describing Windows 10 “as a service” and now from the latest information, I guess we know why.
Microsoft is going to introduce a monthly subscription fee for Windows 10 usage!
That cost is estimated at $7 per user per month but the good news is it only applies to enterprises, for now.
The new pricing tier will be called “Windows 10 Enterprise E3” and it means Windows has finally joined Office 365 and Azure as a subscription service.
The good news is Microsoft has gone on record to say it is not being passed down to consumers at this stage: “This new subscription model is not associated with our current upgrade offering or applicable to the Windows 10 consumer edition,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.
Could Microsoft eventually introduce Windows 10 monthly subscriptions for consumers? Without doubt, but I would be highly sceptical they would apply to anyone who has already upgraded. That said there is likely to be a threshold in future where Microsoft will draw a line in the sand for the ongoing addition of new features without a fee.
I just upgraded to the new Windows 10 and I’m enjoying so far. A second thought for the enterprise and how to make good run for my $7 monthly bill.