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Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 New Monthly Charge for Enterprise Only


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 12:21 PM

Only for Enterprises currently but still a big WOW. For an enterprise with 5000 seats $7 a month is not chump change.

 

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 use…

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.

 

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.

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 12:52 PM

Wow talk about getting dragged over the coals...  This is ridicules... 


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Posted 14 July 2016 - 12:53 PM

Might want to edit the title to make it more clear that this only applies to enterprise editions of Windows.

Honestly though, if this keeps up I would not be surprised to see developers and consumers alike switching to Linux. I know I certainly will if M$ tries to force a subscription model on me.
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Posted 14 July 2016 - 12:55 PM

I already have Linux dual booting, if I have to, I will completely switch over to Linux if Microsoft uses subscriptions for consumer versions of Windows 10

 

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 12:59 PM

Might want to edit the title to make it more clear that this only applies to enterprise editions of Windows.

Honestly though, if this keeps up I would not be surprised to see developers and consumers alike switching to Linux. I know I certainly will if M$ tries to force a subscription model on me.

I realized this after posting. Took if from the article but I can't edit titles. I will PM a moderator and add Enterprise.

 

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 02:31 PM

Although it certainly going to end in such a way... I think the article in the first post doesn't (re)present the facts as they are...
 
Better articles: 
You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

Announcing New Subscription Options for Windows 10 and Surface for Businesses

 

For customers, that means – in theory – access to Enterprise Windows for a low monthly fee and simpler licensing. Windows 10 Enterprise will continue to be sold through Microsoft's regular licensing and volume programs.

 

 

PS : No, I'm not turning into a Windows 10 fanboy but right is right...  :wink:



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Posted 14 July 2016 - 03:15 PM

That explains things! Good thing, that Enterprise can still buy the edition the old way :)

 

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 09:39 PM

I wondered why the specification of "E3" was added to the end of enterprise... The wording of the article makes a little more sense now.
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Posted 24 July 2016 - 08:27 AM

So if you have Enterprise now you will soon need to pay a subscription fee for it? 



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Posted 24 July 2016 - 11:39 AM

Not really. Think of it like Office. You can still buy Office 2016 Home, Personal or Student edition like normal. But, you can also get it through Office 365. Its like that for Windows. You can still buy it through volume licensing, or you can pay a subscription


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 01:50 PM

Does anyone remember ms's claims about "we will never make windows 10 a subscription system", or did those explicitly say they wouldn't make non-enterprise versions into pay per day models.
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Posted 27 July 2016 - 06:52 PM

@rp88 considering there is a non-sub enterprise option, I don't think they broke promises.
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Posted 28 July 2016 - 12:03 PM

Now the question is will Microsoft eventually do away with the non-subscription base enterprise option. I think it will happen eventually, possibly after 2025 which is Windows 10 end of life date.



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Posted 03 August 2016 - 01:14 PM

Post #12 and post #13 I was asking what I did in post #11 to try and work out whether they had specifically gone against something they had previously said or not. If they have then maybe we could expect them to make pro and home versions of windows 10 into subscription models. But in post #12 you say there is a non-subscription enterprise version, does that mean that rather than "converting existing paid for enterprise editions to subscription" they have "launched a new subscription product alongside the existing one off purchase enterprise version".
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Posted 03 August 2016 - 01:17 PM

Post #12 and post #13 I was asking what I did in post #11 to try and work out whether they had specifically gone against something they had previously said or not. If they have then maybe we could expect them to make pro and home versions of windows 10 into subscription models. But in post #12 you say there is a non-subscription enterprise version, does that mean that rather than "converting existing paid for enterprise editions to subscription" they have "launched a new subscription product alongside the existing one off purchase enterprise version".

Yes, they launched it alongside their existing enterprise version. You can still get it through Volume Licensing and Software Assurance used by businesses the way you could before.  :)

 

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