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Microsoft talks up Windows 10 for business, but questions mount

Gregg Keizer | Feb. 3, 2015
Redmond dribbles out info on Windows 10's update process for enterprise.

How soon do enterprises need to know?
Microsoft's practice of disclosing details pertinent to enterprises in dribs and drabs isn't unusual for either the company or other big software developers: The tactic keeps its intentions in the news.

But it may be counter-productive for customers, Silver argued. "Organizations need these answers soon because if there will be fees, they need to budget for them," he said.

However, that presupposes enterprises will quickly adopt Windows 10, not a slam dunk. Although Microsoft's Alkove said last week that the free Windows 10 upgrade will be offered to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 Pro users -- albeit he again did not describe which SKU of Windows 10 will be offered them -- businesses may wait until Windows 7's retirement deadline of January 2020 nears before migrating significant numbers of personal computers to the new OS.

"Since few organizations would probably be doing a lot with Windows 10 in 2015, they probably have until 2016 budgeting to figure it out," Silver said, taking both sides.


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