Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 New Monthly Charge
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.
The good news is Microsoft has gone on record to say it is not being passed down to consumers at this stage.So no surprise here but many will be wondering about what happens with their consumer edition in future. If there is no "upgrade" cost in future (Window 10 is a rolling update release) then Microsoft (based on their business model) will be looking at some way of recovering costs for keeping the OS up to date. Windows users though will have no choice as they cannot fork off Windows for their own use, and with Adobe Creative Cloud we have already seen that if the software does not "call home" every 90 days to check if it has a valid license, it stops working. Interesting times ahead (which will will not be affecting me I can say thankfully)