It was surprising to hear Microsoft wanted to offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade, but it seems that generosity doesn’t extend to Enterprise customers.
According to Microsoft’s General Manager of Security, Jim Alkove, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise users “are not included in the terms of free Windows 10 Upgrade.”
Although a final release isn’t set for several more months, that’s not exactly the best way to convince big businesses to upgrade, especially those still on Windows 7. Windows 10 does introduce a lot of great features, but is it a must-have for enterprise customers? They could probably do without Cortana.
Small businesses will still have the opportunity to upgrade for free, as will consumers. But it reiterates the old saying: TINSTAAFL (there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.)
Alkove explained that customers who are part of the Windows Software Assurance (SA) will have control over how Windows 10 is deployed and managed, so companies can just deploy the update using existing management infrastructure. Microsoft provides much more information about its Windows 10 upgrade policy in Alkove’s post, so I’d suggest checking that out if you fall into the enterprise category.
If you’re interested in taking Windows 10 for a spin, you can join the Insider Program to get an early look.