Cortana windows 10Back in the day, software used to be purchased as a one-off thing, where you pay for it and you’re done. These days developers are starting to move to subscription-based purchases where the idea is that by paying for a subscription, future major updates will be free and you won’t need to decide whether you want to upgrade from your current version to the next version.

Now it looks like Microsoft will be applying the subscription model to Windows 10. Thankfully for the home user this won’t affect you as the subscription model will be aimed at large businesses. Starting this fall, Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10 Enterprise E3 for businesses which is basically a business-oriented version of Windows 10 that will not have a licensing cost.

Instead Microsoft will allow businesses to pay $7 a month to use the platform. However it should be noted that this is per seat, meaning that $7 will not cover your entire office as you’d probably have to buy several subscriptions depending on how many people will be using it. According to Yusuf Mehdi, the corporate vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, “For the price of a cup of coffee and a donut per day, you can get enterprise-class security on a per-user subscription basis. If you’re a cloud provider, this is now phenomenal.”

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