Windows 10: Windows 10 Pricing: Some questions answered, more info coming soon


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    Windows 10
       03 Feb 2015 #1

    Windows 10 Pricing: Some questions answered, more info coming soon


    On January 21, Microsoft held a press conference where they discussed the next chapter of Windows, and showcased a lot of cool new features that are coming in Windows 10, such as Cortana integration, a new web browser codenamed Spartan, and even new hardware that's going to enrich the Windows experience.

    While some things were discussed in detail, others were only briefly passed to the audience, such as the free upgrade to Windows 10 for users on Windows 7 and 8.1, "for the first year". This seemed vague for quite a few people, and created a lot of confusion as to what it means and how it works.
    First of all, let's look at what Microsoft announced so far. The company announced that "a free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch"; Gabe Aul confirmed it more than once on Twitter.
    Some people interpreted this as a "one year free Windows license", which is wrong. Microsoft announced on the Windows blog that it "will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device at no cost."
    This means that any consumer that currently owns a Windows 7 or 8.1 license will get to upgrade for free, and will also receive further updates without paying any extra. It doesn't matter if it's an OEM license or a separately purchased one, but Windows 10 won't be free for new users of Windows that only tried the Technical Preview.
    There is a catch here, however, as not all editions of Windows will be free. Businesses will not get a free upgrade to Windows 10, but Iot devices such as the Raspberry Pi 2 and consumer machines such as desktops, laptops and tablets, will get it free of charge.
    Microsoft has also used the term "Windows as a Service" on their announcements, leading to speculation about Windows moving to a "subscription based" model in the future. Actually, this has more to do with the fact that consumers on Windows 10 will receive frequent updates that will get everyone on the same page.
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  2.    03 Feb 2015 #2

    Hi there

    I think the whole question of Subscription services has been mooted before.

    While Some (and actually a diminishing number) might consider a subscription model for things like Office and Photoshop I think as far as an OS is concerned for the average user the answer is a RESOUNDING NO.

    There's enough evidence already to show this model doesn't work --how many "Joe blogs" buy computers from typical retail stores with a lot of "trialware" installed and actually renew the subscription when the trial runs out. Probably less than 1%.

    Even IPhone (Apple) users would baulk at paying for an update. On a Windows OS used by millions it JUST WOULD NOT WORK in any case.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       03 Feb 2015 #3

    I'm with you, Jimbo.

    I'm willing to pay for a subscription to Office 365 because Home Premium costs $99 per year. In and of itself, that would be a show stopper; however, my license is for five desktops and five mobile machines, such as laptops and tablets.

    I am not willing to pay for a Windows subscription simply because it wouldn't be as practical. I'm pretty sure a subscription would be for one computer only. Computers last a long time and subscriptions could get rather costly.

    As for Adobe, Corel's Paint Shop Pro does pretty much the same as Photoshop and costs a few hundred bucks less.
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  4.    06 Feb 2015 #4

    For those of us who were brave enough to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Technical Preview this means ... ? We already have an 8.1 licence so we just install Windows 10 over the top as, in effect, an upgrade? And it's free?
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       06 Feb 2015 #5

    RTWFF said: View Post
    For those of us who were brave enough to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Technical Preview this means ... ? We already have an 8.1 licence so we just install Windows 10 over the top as, in effect, an upgrade? And it's free?
    I don't know. I've been wondering the same question myself.

    I do clean installs for the most part, so there's nothing left of Windows 8.1, much less Windows 7.
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  6.    06 Feb 2015 #6

    Wynona said: View Post
    I do clean installs for the most part, so there's nothing left of Windows 8.1, much less Windows 7.
    I'm fairly lazy in that regard. The PC I'm currently using originally had Vista installed, followed by a Windows 7 Home Premium "upgrade" and then "enhanced" to Windows 7 Business, upgraded to Windows 8 Pro and now Windows 10 Technical Preview. I use Laplink's PC Mover to transfer the applications between versions. I never keep an install disk and relay on Belarc Advisor to tell me my serial numbers
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  7.    07 Feb 2015 #7

    ultimate


    I am running windows 7 ultimate on my desktop computer does anyone know if I will get the free upgrade?
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    Microsoft Windows 7/10
       07 Feb 2015 #8

    goatty2 said: View Post
    I am running windows 7 ultimate on my desktop computer does anyone know if I will get the free upgrade?
    According to their last release and the information they provided, 7 and 8 users should be able to upgrade for free. Upgrade through the updates system presumably, no word on separate ISOs, but in short you should be able to update
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  9.    07 Feb 2015 #9

    Berkey said: View Post
    goatty2 said: View Post
    I am running windows 7 ultimate on my desktop computer does anyone know if I will get the free upgrade?
    According to their last release and the information they provided, 7 and 8 users should be able to upgrade for free. Upgrade through the updates system presumably, no word on separate ISOs, but in short you should be able to update
    hope so as I am getting to like win 10
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