MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that enterprise customers will not get an upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
Terry Myerson, EVP of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft, announced last week that the new operating system will be a free upgrade to users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, but a blog post by Jim Alkove, director of programme management, shattered the dreams of millions of network administrators.
"Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise are not included in the terms of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer we announced last week, given that active Software Assurance customers will continue to have rights to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside this offer, while also benefiting from the full flexibility to deploy Windows 10 using their existing management infrastructure."
This may seem a little surprising considering the reluctance of enterprises to upgrade to Windows 8, sticking rigidly with Windows 7 or Windows XP.
However, enterprise is where the big bucks are and Microsoft is banking on adding value that will lure companies to make the jump.
Among the new features for Windows 10 will be granular control over which terminals get the updates to allow for a limited or staged rollout. This forms part of the Windows Server Update Services system.
Administrators will also be able to choose whether to auto-roll out software based on their own testing, official Microsoft testing or trusting the experiences of those in the Windows Insider Program, which is currently testing Windows 10 as a work in progress.
Features in Windows 10 include integration of Cortana, Universal Apps which run on all form factors from phones up, and Windows Holographic, the company's homage to the cops in Sly Stone film Demolition Man. µ
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