Windows 10 Free For You, But Not For Businesses
Ryan Simmons / 3 years ago
A small but important note about Windows 10 that many missed, is that while it will be free to consumers, it certainly won’t be free for businesses.
Last week Microsoft announced to much fanfare that Windows 10 will be free for anyone running Windows 7 and up, but at the time didn’t really make it clear whether there would be any exceptions to that. Well now, Microsoft’s General Manager of security, Jim Alkove clarified the situation for businesses, by making it clear that Windows 10 will certainly not be free to enterprise customers.
“Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise are not included in the terms of free Windows 10 Upgrade offer we announced last week, given active Software Assurance customers will continue to have rights to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer – while also benefitting from the full flexibility to deploy Windows 10 using their existing management infrastructure.”
That “full flexibility” thing is important to, because consumer users of Windows 10 will effectively be forced to keep their machine up-to-date if they choose to get it for free, something enterprise customers would most certainly be against, as the process of rolling out updates can cause issues on complex corporate networks if not done carefully.
Windows 10 is due to arrive this autumn.
Source: The Next Web