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  • Microsoft charging for Windows 10! Gertie, buy a shotgun!

    Posted on July 15th, 2016 at 08:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
    Lillian Gish, Night of the Hunter

    Lillian Gish, Night of the Hunter

    I’ve been trying to avoid this, but it looks like I can’t.

    Yes, there’s an article on Forbes that says “Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 New Monthly Charge.” No, I won’t link to it. It’s up to nearly 700,000 hits at this point, and that’s enough. (I’m in the wrong business, I guess.)

    The short observation is that Microsoft has ALWAYS charged companies for the Enterprise version of Windows. This is no exception. In fact, if anything, it’s a major discount from what’s been charged before – depending on how you look at it.

    Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet has the real story.

    Wes Miller, @getwired, knows more about Microsoft licensing than any ten lawyers alive. Here’s his take.

    Win10 licensing

    He’s quite literally correct — Microsoft has charged annual fees for Enterprise licenses forever, but they’re not subscription fees. Software Assurance “can perhaps be considered a subscription… but it really isn’t, as you retain some perpetual rights.”

    UPDATE: As noted in the comments by b, there’s really no difference between a subscription payment and an annual fee. It’s a question of what’s in the contracts.

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