This question always seems to come up very often around Window beta/RTM releases for some weird reason or anotherWindows would cost an annual fee?
Why anyone would want to pay every month(s) or so just to use their machine is mind-boggling... "A fatal error has occurred. Please enter your Credit card to continue."
One client was all set and I was on-site when things didn't work - we went over the plan and the client "realized" that they needed a minor system update. Of course they couldn't just apply the update... I went back a year later.
Maybe a year is enough time to entice some to move - the question they'll have to ask is how does the update benefit the company. Free is good, training costs more.
My experience with large organizations is that they buy new systems. Smaller organizations without much training consideration probably fit the upgrade mold better. That is a large percent of businesses, but it's also a segment that doesn't necessarily view technology as a priority.
No argument here, really. All I intended to say was "someone at Microsoft must had figured out the best threshold"
I probably should have just said that, then
What if 10 fails?
I was just thinking back to Windows 3.0,95,98,XP,ME, etc. and I used to have a policy, I never even considered upgrading or changing my OS, unless, I had waited at least two years until after it's release. My reasoning was, "that after that amount of time...most of the bugs would have been taken care of, and it would be stable".
Gee, if I do that now, I may run the risk of it being obsolete.
I suppose speculation regarding how the upgrade would be implemented will be quite common.
For Windows 8.1 users, upgrading via Windows Update should not pose a problem, but for Windows 7 users, I can't see that method working for activation.
The current product key configuration does not support Windows 7 keys, thus I suspect that it would be like the WMC type upgrade offer. At least we will get new keys for a clean install that way.
Actually Ms are taking a leaf out of Amazons business model here -- they offer kindles now at almost below cost but make up the profit on the e-books they sell.
Services like SKY offer basically FREE Broadband for a decent period or very cheap -- but then recoup the money on people paying for services like SKY SPORTS / SKY MOVIES etc.
While W10 is NOT itself (yet) slated for subscription, Ms probably has ear marked all sorts of possible pay subscription type of content to become available. Office 365 is the most well known but I'm sure others will come along.
Offering a free upgrade is a master stroke for Ms -- a lot of people when doing an upgrade often buy other things as well. Many people upgrading from W7 (especially in a business area) might well go for Office 365 at the same time as they upgrade from W7 - especially if they are still running Office 2003 or even Office 2007.
I'm sure there will be some way of performing a clean install --if people cast their minds back to W7 days there were all sorts of tricks to ensure you managed to get a clean install even from the copy which was an "Update" version for VISTA users.
All the fancy features demonstrated will most likely not be included in the "upgrade" version.
Stuff like Holo will come at a premium ( like having to pay for Pro-pack for Core and then pay again for WMC add-on for Win 8.1 pro etc.) - at least we have options though.