Why don't they just give a way free home retail version of 10 for a 365 day sign-up period (Not pro, not enterprise) to anyone who wants it? Then just mail them the disk/flash drive (Saves server load). Businesses would use pro not home. They give students free version of windows pro.
The insiders will still be able to get rtm and newer builds of home or pro depending on which one they want to test and of course they will be activated if associated with a Microsoft account.
Of course the current upgrade scheme would still work with the home version taken out of the mix. Since anyone could sign-up for a home disk/flash drive to be mailed. You would be able to upgrade or do a clean install from this disk.
Last edited by groze; 22 Jun 2015 at 12:34.
It looks like I was correct according to this article below but we will see later if Microsoft clarifies this. Sorry, but I am not testing windows 10 forever just to have it. I am not going to let windows 10 consume a key either.
Clear as mud: Microsoft struggles to define for Windows 10 | Computerworld
Aul's tweet of Sunday may -- or may not -- have settled the deal, which comes with caveats, first mentioned Friday but then downplayed. Users who want to retain an activated, thus "genuine" (Microsoft terminology that denotes legitimacy) copy will have to remain on the Insider "branch," or release track. Aul's tweet signaled that Insiders who haven't upgraded from a qualified edition will not be able to leave the branch, opting in for one with less-dicey updates and changes, without dropping out of activation.
The final word on this will come from MS and not "Computeworld"..
There's now a 3rd version of Gabe Aul's blog post. I started a new thread as it has some significant clarifications that answer a lot of questions, and I hope having them at the top of a new thread will be more helpful to casual forum visitors than having it on page 27 of this one.
Upcoming changes to Windows 10 Insider Preview builds [UPDATED 6/22]