Microsoft has admitted that enterprise customers will not be offered free upgrades to Windows 10, unlike consumers and small businesses.
The company said in January that anyone running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 would have a year to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.
This would have been music to the ears of enterprise customers which could have moved huge swathes of the IT estate to the newest version of the Windows operating system free of charge.
However, Jim Alkove, head of the Windows enterprise management team, said in a blog post that enterprise customers will not be offered a free upgrade.
“Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise are not included in the terms of free Windows 10 Upgrade offer we announced,” he said.
“Software Assurance customers will continue to have rights to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside this offer, while also benefitting from the full flexibility to deploy Windows 10 using their existing management infrastructure.”
Alkove added that the decision to offer the upgrade for free to consumers and SMEs should ensure that Windows 10 gets off to a strong start, unlike Windows 8 which has been plagued by low take up.
“This is something we think consumers and many small businesses will be really excited about, given it is the first time we have offered a free upgrade on this scale,” he said.
“We believe this will allow hundreds of millions of customers to upgrade to Windows 10 soon after launch, create a broad opportunity for our ecosystem partners to drive innovation, and deliver value to all Windows 10 customers.”
Windows 10 will offer numerous new features when it hits the market later this year, such as the Cortana voice assistant and the Spartan web browser.
It will also offer a Continuum feature that optimises the interface on devices such as two-in-one convertible tablets depending on whether a keyboard and mouse are attached or just a touchscreen is being used.
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