There has been much discussion over the last couple of months over a statement that came from a presentation from Microsoft about Windows 10. In that presentation, shop there was mention of a phrase “Windows as a Service” which some media and blog sites have taken and run with in a completely wrong direction.
So – what is Windows as a Service? Well, the way that it was meant (and has been clarified on a number of occasions) is service as a method of updates, rather than service as a rental. Microsoft have repeatedly stated that Windows will not be a subscription service (Office 365 is an example of a subscription service – consumers pay a yearly fee for access) Windows is not an example of this.
Windows as a Service then, what does it mean? Well, it is a shift in the update methodology of Windows, rather than updates being applied to a set version of Windows (this is the way that Windows has been up until now) instead there will be a continuous servicing of the operating system – which basically means that Windows will constantly get new features – or be serviced. You may have also read that this is the last version of Windows – this is what is meant by that statement – the product will not actually ever be finished so to speak.
One other bonus as well – the first year of release, Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade for the first year after release for licenced copies of Windows 7 and above. (note the qualifier of licencing – not as reported earlier in the year a free for all for pirated copies Windows). It should also be qualified that this is not for enterprise versions, that is still going to have a charge for that one.
Summarising then – is Microsoft going to charge folk a subscription charge for Windows 10? No. (simple answer to that one really)