The initial word on the coming Windows 10 was that it would be free. It is. But, I am seeing more and more articles talking about the cost of this FREE software. Forbes is the latest. See: ‘Free’ Windows 10 Has High Cost To Windows 7 And Windows 8 Users.
We know there are some exceptions to the ‘FREE’ offer. Servers, Enterprise versions, and RT version are excluded. Those folks pay. What we are finding out is Microsoft is evolving Windows into a new product, one we WILL have to pay for. Are you asking, WTF!?!
The new Windows 10 is hailed as the LAST Windows version. Starting with Windows 10, it will automatically update to add new feature previously coming only in new release version, also for free. We are hearing that the next two releases of Windows will be updates named Redstone, figure you’ll see those by mid 2016.
The rumor from leaks is the updates will evolve Windows 10 into Windows Subscription… Microsoft will likely just call it Windows without any other designator. Yes, another freaking monthly subscription to pay for.
If your computer has downloaded and installed patch ‘KB3035583’, you now know that Microsoft can design nag-ware. This patch KB3035583 has been classed as ‘Important’, which means Win 7 & 8 will automatically install it. Remove it and it will reinstall. Expect them to try other tricks to force people to upgrade. Also expect the nag to get really annoying the longer you put off updating.
Forbes writer Gordon Kelly reminds us that in the upgrade from Win 8 to 8.1 Microsoft made all future security upgrades dependent on users upgrading to 8.1. Expect the same considerate treatment with Win 10. Upgrade or be abandoned. In the case of the 8.1 upgrade, we had 4 weeks of warning before Microsoft cut off the Win 8.0 updating service. User screamed and Microsoft extended the grace period to 4 months… really big of them. You had no choice. Update or be at risk.
Kelly points out that we do not have solid information on what Microsoft is planning. Microsoft is staying silent. We do have Microsoft’s track record. We know what they have done in the past. We can to some extent expect the same behavior in the future. But, things are changing… so…
Microsoft has said they will support Win 7 to 2020 and Win 8.1 to 2023. So, we may have longer support for 7 & 8 than we will have for this coming version 10 release. We saw that happen with 8.0.