Windows 10 will be free for most users, but enterprise users will not get the benefit of an updated system at no cost – and Microsoft said the next version of Windows Server isn’t coming until 2016.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for those personal users running Windows 8.1 and eventually even for those users running Windows 7. That was a relatively celebrated point for the new and improved version of Windows, which is said to have been created to change the way people think about Windows, and make most people forget entirely about Windows 8 – which was widely considered a failure. However, Microsoft’s most important user base will be excluded from a free upgrade, for better or worse. It’s interesting because it seems like the one group of users that the company was most concerned about getting back, are left out in the cold when it comes to this upgrade.
Even more intriguing is the fact that Microsoft also won’t be updating their servers, either for enterprise users. The next update to Windows Server will not be coming until 2016 the company has said. The company said in a blog post that “As we continue to advance the development of these products, we plan to release further previews through the remainder of 2015, with the final release in 2016.” For those users though, that is a pretty long wait. However, it’s argued that the wait will be worth it – as the company will have more significant updates and upgrades to the server system that previously were not in place – and it will also give Microsoft extra time to acclimate with Windows 10 and understand how it works with enterprise users – gaining their feedback as well.
Interestingly though, this probably was not a delay at all – many have said. Instead, it’s likely that this was the plan all along and that the company didn’t have any intentions of releasing an update until 2016 – the timeframe just caught some users off guard and even surprised some individuals entirely. At the end of the day though, launching a product on all fronts that is actually popular amongst all users – unlike Windows 8 – is by far the most important thing that Microsoft could focus their energy on, and it would seem as though they are at least putting in the time and energy that their customers expect out of them.