New Windows 10 Consumer SKU Roadmap Revealed

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       03 Feb 2018 #1

    New Windows 10 Consumer SKU Roadmap Revealed

    In the next month or two, Microsoft will be releasing Redstone 4 and with it will come a significant amount of changes to how the company is positioning its software as well as pricing it for its partners. Recently, I was able to view some content being shared with select partners that details the company’s plans and changes coming to Windows 10.

    When it comes to SKUs, the story is quite interesting in how Microsoft sells licensing to partners. In fact, there are a total of five SKUs available for partners to utilize for consumers but they all have a defined set of parameters based on the hardware specifications.

    The SKUs are Entry, Value, Core, Core+, and Advanced. On the surface, you might be thinking that Microsoft is about to go nuts with new SKUs of Windows 10 and keep in mind this is pricing for partners; further, it would not surprise me to learn that pricing is reduced as well for larger OEMs or bulk orders.

    Below is a breakdown of the SKUs:

    • Entry: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium ≤ 4GB RAM & ≤ 32GB SSD AND ≤ 14.1” screen size (NB), ≤ 11.6” (2in1, Tablet), ≥ 17” AiO
    • Value: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium ≤ 4GB RAM & ≤64GB SSD & ≤ 14.1” screen size (EM ≤ 4GB RAM & ≤64GB SSD or ≤ 500GB HDD)
    • Core: Cannot be used on devices that meet the Core+ and Advanced SKU Hardware Specifications
    • Core +: High end CPU and >4 GB RAM (All Form Factors) ≥8 GB RAM & ≥1080p screen resolution (NB, 2in1, AiO) >8 GB RAM & ≥2TB HDD or SSD storage (Desktop)
    • Advanced: Intel Core i9 (any configuration) OR Core i7 ≥ 6 Cores (any RAM) OR AMD Threadripper(any configuration) OR Intel Core i7 >16GB (any Cores) or AMD FX/ Ryzen7 >16GB (any Cores) OR ≥ 4K screen resolution (any processor, includes 4K UHD-3840 resolution

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  2.    04 Feb 2018 #1

    On other forums, people are reacting totally out of proportion. All it is about is how oems are base priced, and most users will not be impacted other than the minor inconvenience of turning S mode off.

    A lot is made about PRO users having to pay an extra $49 but very few people buy oem PRO, and either buy a full PRO licence at $200 or upgrade Home at $100 (using lucky US pricing which is always far cheaper than UK).

    The real question is how retail versions are going to be priced and marketed.

    If the upshot was that full PRO was dearer than now, that would be contentious.
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