Anyone who is still using earlier versions of Windows such as Windows 7 or 8 has undoubtedly seen the popups offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 over the past few months, but according to a news story from Forbes on January 27 2016, Windows 10 has an expensive secret they are hiding from consumers. The catch is, Microsoft will only be making Windows 10 free until its 1-year anniversary on July 26, 2016 and anyone who wants to use the operating system after that date will have to pay $119 for the Home version and $199 for the Professional version. There are also some other things that Microsoft is hiding that consumers should be aware of.
The current situation with Microsoft is that they are apparently missing the adoption rate for their new Windows 10 operation system according to WinSuperSite which breaks down all the numbers in detail. They are on pace to miss their goal of having Windows installed on 1 billion computers in a 2 or 3 year timeframe and they are getting desperate to get consumers to upgrade to the new system. Currently, Windows is installed on roughly 110 million PCs with one million users upgrading each day. At that pace Microsoft will certainly miss the 2 year window and will just barely sneak inside the 3 year window; however, that pace is not expected to sustain once the company starts charging customers for the upgrade.
One of the major concerns for consumers about upgrading to the Windows 10 OS is the support that will be offered. The support for Windows 8 has been dramatically cut from its original lifecycle date and now will end its mainstream support on January 9, 2018 and end its extended support on January 10, 2023. What this means for consumers is, Windows will no longer be offering updates for security patches and other crucial updates that leave them exposed to threats from hackers. All attempts by Forbes reporter Gordon Kelly to get Microsoft to comment on the support issue have been met with an obvious refusal to comment on the situation by the public relations team and other teams within the company.
At the Ignite conference in 2015, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows and after this there will be no Windows 11 or any future versions of the operating system released. There have been speculations that Microsoft will move to a subscription based model and charge users a yearly fee for support and upgrades. Also called into question is the end date of support which is currently October 13, 2020 for mainstream users and October 14, 2025 for extended support. If this truly is a never-ending ending version of Windows, then why would support for the operating system have an expiration date? Plus, Microsoft has shown that they are willing to scrap their pre-existing plans for support in favor of a new operating system.
The bottom line is, there are too many questions that Microsoft is refusing to answer at this time. At best, Microsoft is only trying to hide the failure that is known as Windows 8 and is making up for their failed attempt by offering a free upgrade to Windows 10, but the worst case scenario is, the company is tricking people into upgrading to the new operating system only to turn around and make it a subscription based service a few years down the road when they hit that 1 billion install mark they are aiming for. Until Microsoft releases a public statement nobody will know for sure what the intentions of the company really are, but with nothing else to go on, consumers are currently fearing the worst.