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Windows 10 is not as free as you first thought

Windows 10 is not as free as you first thought

Windows 10 is not as free as you first thought

Windows 10 is not as free as you first thought

 

On January 21st we learned that those who are currently running Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, but today we have learned that this is not the case for all versions of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. This means that they will not be getting an automatic update to Windows 10 through Microsoft Update like most of us Windows 7/8/8.1 users. 

Thankfully the versions of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 that will be affected are all the enterprise versions of Microsoft's OS', meaning that us personal or small business users will likely be unaffected.

 

This is what Microsoft had to say in a recent blog post.

 

"Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise are not included in the terms of free Windows 10 Upgrade offer we announced last week, given active Software Assurance customers will continue to have rights to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer – while also benefitting from the full flexibility to deploy Windows 10 using their existing management infrastructure."

 

Microsoft Announced Windows 10 Will Be Free Upgrade

 

It is not all bad news for Enterprise users however as Microsoft Enterprise version of Windows 10 will contain many useful new features, such as the ability to choose the pace at which they upgrade to new Windows 10 features as they arrive (as Microsoft Plan on adding many extra features and changes to Windows 10 over time) while still delivering the vital security updates are installed so that they don’t disrupt the daily operations of the company.

 

"To that end, we are introducing a new approach for business customers, which we are referring to as the Current branch for Business. By putting devices on the Current branch for Business, enterprises will be able to receive feature updates after their quality and application compatibility has been assessed in the consumer market, while continuing to receive security updates on a regular basis,”

 

An example of this is when the IT department of a company can postpone updating certain features of the OS to make sure they are properly compatible with all the programs used by the company and work style of their operators before deploying the update to all of the company’s computers. This can be done while security updates are still installed as soon as Microsoft releases them.

 

You can join the discussion on Windows 10 not being a free upgrade to Enterprise users on the OC3D Forums.

 

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05-02-2015, 07:52:00

Merxe
Not surprising. You get money from home users and companies but you build your PR mainly on the first.Quote

05-02-2015, 08:11:28

Warchild
I expected this from the start, and it was confirmed by our IT department. While giving it to consumers for free is a great way to get others to move on and leave the old OS behind aka Win7, for businesses there is money to be made especially when you start to consider mass licenses.Quote

05-02-2015, 08:18:45

barnsley
Was it just me or did I presume that the upgrade would only be free for home users? Atleast they let people with windows 7 basic upgrade. If anyone excluding my mum still has that POS.Quote

05-02-2015, 08:54:16

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Was it just me or did I presume that the upgrade would only be free for home users? Atleast they let people with windows 7 basic upgrade. If anyone excluding my mum still has that POS.
SMB use windows home/pro too.Quote

05-02-2015, 08:57:46

SPS
Meh, doesn't affect me!Quote
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