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Windows 10 for Business to Introduce Subscription Fee

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/07/14/microsoft-confirms-windows-10-new-monthly-charge/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#3115d0d8dfab

 

For months Microsoft has been describing Windows 10 “as a service”  and now we know why. Microsoft is going to introduce a monthly subscription fee for Windows 10 usage…

That cost will be $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.

Of course the big question is now: How does this new subscription pricing affect the millions of consumers who upgraded to Windows 10 on the promise of it being free?

Windows 10 free upgrades are coming to an end. Image credit: Microsoft

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 told PC World.

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.

 

 

Right now it's only for enterprise, and it includes Azure. Seeing as how Azure is integral to Xbox Live, don't expect Live sub costs to go away. We might actually instead see them start charging for PC.

What do you think about that?



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on a per user basis, holy shit that is going to be an amazing money spinner.



Fancy hearing me on an amateur podcast with friends gushing over one of my favourite games? https://youtu.be/1I7JfMMxhf8

Good thing my W7 install discs are ready if this happens to consumers.



Get it for free does not mean CONTINUE to use it for free LOL.

E3? how original



 

 

If it gets paid, hundreds of millions will drop Windows and i will be here laughing out loud.



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I don't think they will...but if MS tries to charge for Windows like a service they can get fucked.

It would not even be that difficult to drop Windows from most of our personal lives with the proliferation of the smart phone.



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Normchacho said:
I don't think they will...but if MS tries to charge for Windows like a service they can get fucked.

It would not even be that difficult to drop Windows from most of our personal lives with the proliferation of the smart phone.

Aye there is a lot of very stable alternatives to the OS now, but this move is just nuts if they push it to users , at 7 per month it's 84e PER USER on the PC, you would have to expect lower rates for consumers but like what happens if you don't pay the fee.... does the PC red ring until you put in your CC details :D



Fancy hearing me on an amateur podcast with friends gushing over one of my favourite games? https://youtu.be/1I7JfMMxhf8

Saw the article this morning. Clickbait (its for business only).



Made a bet with LipeJJ and HylianYoshi that the XB1 will reach 30 million before Wii U reaches 15 million. Loser has to get avatar picked by winner for 6 months (or if I lose, either 6 months avatar control for both Lipe and Hylian, or my patrick avatar comes back forever).

oh, and lol a friend mentioned there... what if you have a windows phone/tablet in your office too... 3x7 per month, das gonna be $252 per year, would definitely be time for the office to find out what linux and android is.



Fancy hearing me on an amateur podcast with friends gushing over one of my favourite games? https://youtu.be/1I7JfMMxhf8

I hope they eventually extend it to home users so Windows can finally die.