theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jul 12, 2015, 17:44:
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 12, 2015, 14:47:Microsoft has stated that Windows 10 won't be moving to a subscription model, so there won't be charges for updates. The 2-4 year lifecycle relates to accounting and was misconstrued by a very biased reporter. It's also worth noting that support typically only lasts for 2-4 years. For instance, Windows 8 support ends in 2016 - four years after release - but Windows 8.1 extends that support until 2018. Windows 10 will receive a major free update next year in the form of Redstone.
IMO the news is additional but still murky details leaking of how Win 10 works in terms of cost. They sell 1 billion a month in Windows Licensing today.
Life of device isn't the meaning most were thinking (life of my current pc), you will probably be forced to pay for Windows 10 upgrades every 2-4 years that is their definition of life of device. Long enough that those waiting on getting Win 10 for free (first year) still won't see the first paid upgrade cycle.
So yes, the upgrade from Win7/8 to Win 10 is free, aka the draw, the forced upgrades at cost, the catch.
The reason Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 for free is to get people using the Windows Store, as it receives a 30% cut of all sales. It also unifies the userbase, as Microsoft has a major issue getting XP users to upgrade and faced the same problem with Windows 7. They'll still charge for new licences and businesses will still have to pay the megabucks for support contracts.
You talk about bias reporting, where has support in past MS O/S's only been 2-4 years? When is Win 7 Support going away, I heard rumors of 2020? 8, 2023. Is there even an official word? How about Vista? Where are you coming up with 2-4 being the norm? That isn't close to 2-4 years, more like 10.
Them not coming out an clearly laying out their plan, we have to be cautious. They make 1 billion in revenue per month from the O/S, giving it away for free forever make no business sense. You mention the store at 30%, well I can see that causing cloudiness, perhaps if it is as successful as they hope, perhaps free Win10 forever is possible. However that isn't a certain, perhaps if it isn't the success they hope they have the 2-4 upgrade cost plan in the wings in case, because they need revenue from this O/S, that we all have to agree with, correct?
I'm all for believing you, but since they can't just be clear cut to the public, you have to show some skepticism. I can't say if this article is bias or not, they have info that I do not, unsure at this point either way.
EDIT: I've reviewed the slides, I do not know where the author of the article comes up with 2-4 years as device life, unless he believe he has insider info on that. I did not see reference to those in the slides.This comment was edited on Jul 12, 2015, 20:57.