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  1.    30 Jun 2016 #1
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    Mystery file in preview build hints at Windows 10 subscriptions


    The latest preview build of Windows 10 comes with its own mystery. Buried in the System32 folder of build 14376, alongside 590 other .exe files, is a very recent addition with a name guaranteed to raise eyebrows: UpgradeSubscription.exe.

    In the file's properties, it's described as the Windows Upgrade to Subscription Tool, and its date and time stamp corresponds to other administrative tools in the same build. See for yourself:

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    This mystery file is new in Windows 10 preview build 14376.

    The presence of that file is certain to ignite speculation among conspiracy theorists who were convinced in the run-up to the initial release of Windows 10 that the year-long free upgrade offer would turn into some sort of paid subscription.

    When I asked Microsoft about this file, I got this response:

    The Windows Upgrade to Subscription tool, found in the latest Windows Insider builds, helps to manage certain volume licensing upgrades from Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update to Windows 10 Enterprise. This binary file is not associated with the free consumer upgrade offering nor is it applicable to consumer Windows editions.

    Read more: Mystery file in preview build hints at Windows 10 subscriptions | ZDNet
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  2.    30 Jun 2016 #2
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    I just saw that, Shawn. What's your take on it?
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  3.    30 Jun 2016 #3
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    Interesting.

    Based solely on the entire article, I tend to lean on the side that it is for Enterprise, as they said. You'll never get a more definitive answer than that because they could reverse course at any time, that goes with the territory.

    Let's think about it, those on earlier windows enterprise subscriptions would need to update to 10 and update the subscriptions, those on home units have already been told that after the 29th, it isn't free anymore, and there will be the holdouts that will then have to pony up the $$$. MS will make a bit off of that and the Enterprise upgrades.

    Of course, Linux Mint 18 released this week too (I use KDE, have to wait a bit longer), I'll just leave that there for the fear mongers
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  4.    30 Jun 2016 #4

    I think itl be like Office 365 but for Windows. So it probably won't affect existing packages such as retail packages and shouldn't affect most people unless they decide to go that route.
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  5.    30 Jun 2016 #5
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    Interesting!!!
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  6.    30 Jun 2016 #6
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    I hope that its just my tin foil hat getting the best of me. I have always had the idea that eventually Windows 10 would be free updates and paid upgrades.
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  7.    30 Jun 2016 #7
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    it for Enterprise relax people
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  8.    30 Jun 2016 #8
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    I don't think Windows as a subscription makes much sense, at least not for the consumer market (business market is a bit different).

    Now there's a Store built into Windows, once the store gets up to speed and offers pretty much everything, including proper full-fat software and AAA games, the last thing Microsoft will want to do is have people running for the hills by making them subscribe to use the OS (and they will run, myself included, as I won't use subscription software).

    So for me, Windows as a subscription makes little sense in consumer land, if anything I can see Windows being pretty heavily subsidised for consumers due to it having a storefront. The one area that Microsoft is strong is the amount of proper full-fat software and AAA games that run on it and as a storefront both Microsoft and software developers will want as many people/wallets in that store as possible.

    I am however still concerned that software developers themselves will try to make their software subscription only (following the likes of Adobe/Autodesk), which could become problematic for those of us who flat out refuse to subscribe to use software. But I'm sure there will always be alternatives as we have already seen with companies such as Serif Affinity using 'No Subscription' as an attractive selling point to gain those unhappy Adobe customers.
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  9.    30 Jun 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    I don't think Windows as a subscription makes much sense, at least not for the consumer market (business market is a bit different).

    Now there's a Store built into Windows, once the store gets up to speed and offers pretty much everything, including proper full-fat software and AAA games, the last thing Microsoft will want to do is have people running for the hills by making them subscribe to use the OS (and they will run, myself included, as I won't use subscription software).

    So for me, Windows as a subscription makes little sense in consumer land, if anything I can see Windows being pretty heavily subsidised for consumers due to it having a storefront. The one area that Microsoft is strong is the amount of proper full-fat software and AAA games that run on it and as a storefront both Microsoft and software developers will want as many people/wallets in that store as possible.

    I am however still concerned that software developers themselves will try to make their software subscription only (following the likes of Adobe/Autodesk), which could become problematic for those of us who flat out refuse to subscribe to use software. But I'm sure there will always be alternatives as we have already seen with companies such as Serif Affinity using 'No Subscription' as an attractive selling point to gain those unhappy Adobe customers.
    Well said and laid out!
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  10.    30 Jun 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by RWOne View Post
    Well said and laid out!
    Well thank you kind Sir *tips fedora*.
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