Companies using the Enterprise version of Windows won’t be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10, in contrary to “regular” users. Last week Microsoft announced users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free when it becomes available.
“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”, according to Microsoft in a blog. The company hopes enterprises will upgrade to Windows 10 nevertheless. Therefore Microsoft will offer enterprises two kinds of subscriptions which offer the latest features as soon as their stability has been proven.
“Somebody has to pay the bill,” Wes Miller, analyst at Direction on Microsoft, told The Register. “We’re trying to figure out how consumers get a one-size-fits-all OS and features as fast as possible at a quality bar that businesses wouldn’t tolerate. Business wants to get features when they are ready for them, and will pay for it.”
Windows 10 is currently under development, but a public test version became available last week. The upcoming version of Microsoft’s operating system will bring back the start menu and also adds personal assistant Cortana on the desktop.
The operating system will run on PCs, tablets and smartphones which all make use of the same app store.