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Microsoft plans stable Windows 10 transition for businesses

Mark Hachman | Feb. 2, 2015
Microsoft will offer a very reasonable means for businesses to transition to Windows 10, as conservatively or aggressively as they choose. But Microsoft's "Windows as a service" offering will still be pay-to-play.

As might be expected, PC and peripheral makers will need to ensure their products are compatible and issue driver updates where needed. That's always caused a few headaches where new OSes are concerned.

The story behind the story:  Many businesses looked at Windows 8 and essentially said, "pass"--preferring to remain with Windows 7 (or even Windows XP). Microsoft desperately wants those customers to sign up for Windows 10 and continue paying those sweet annual fees. One of the trouble spots Microsoft identified in its recent conference call was Japan, which chief financial officer Amy Hood called a "non-annuity geography" for us--financialspeak for a country whose consumers and businesses prefer one-time purchases of Windows and Office. The bottom line? Microsoft is going to bend over backwards to make the business transition to Windows 10 as easy as possible.


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