Over the last few weeks there have been some exciting announcements from the Windows team on the path to Windows 10 launch, so we want to highlight some of the these for you and ensure you have access to all the publicly available resources, available at the Partner Marketing Centre
Last week we introduced the Windows 10 Editions
, designed to address the specific needs of consumers to small business to the largest enterprises.
- Windows 10 Home for consumers and BYOD scenarios, available under the free upgrade
- Windows 10 Pro for small and lower mid-size businesses, available under the free upgrade
- Windows 10 Enterprise for Mid-size and large enterprises, available under VL
- Windows 10 Educationdesigned to meet the needs of schools – teachers, students, staff, and administrators, available under VL
- Windows 10 Mobile for consumer, small, mid-size and large enterprises and academic institutions, available under OEM
- Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for mid-size and large enterprises with IoT scenarios, available under OEM (IoT), VL
For more details, read the blog post
and view the video of the Windows 10 for Licensing
webinar available now on demand on MPN: http://aka.ms/Windows_10_Learning_Series
. You'll need your MPN login to access.
Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer
There's been a lot of talk about Windows 10 being a free upgrade. For many customers, that will be true for the first year. So let's confirm the details:
Windows Update for Business
- Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the first year. After the first year, upgrades will be paid via boxed product and VL Upgrades.
- Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium devices upgrade to Windows 10 Home
- Windows 8/8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate devices upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
- If upgraded within the first 12 months following launch, the device will receive ongoing Windows 10 updates for free for the life of that device
- Excludes Windows Enterprise and RT devices
- The free Windows 10 upgrade is delivered through Windows Update; domain-joined machines can manually get the update via Windows Update. The upgrade cannot be deployed through WSUS.
At Ignite, we announced the free Windows Update for Business service, available for all Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise devices, designed to help organisations keep their Windows devices always up to date with the latest security and features. In case you missed it, check out the blog, Announcing Windows Update for Business
for what the service will provide.
Announcements from the developer event included the new Microsoft Edge web browser, Continuum for phones and how Windows 10 will empower all developers and their code to develop for one billion Windows 10 devices, including iOS and Android. Four new SDKs will enable developers to start with an existing code base and distribute their app through the Windows Store. The 4 code bases are: Web sites, .NET and Win32, Android and iOS. Watch the full keynote on demand here. And register now to join us at Build Tour Sydney on Monday June 1st to get face-to-face time with Microsoft Technical Experts. Register now
And remember, if you’d like to help shape the future of Windows and contribute to Windows 10, and haven't already joined, please join the Windows Insider Program
, where you can download the latest technical previews of Windows 10 and provide us valuable feedback.