Windows 10 Monthly Subscription, would you pay?


#1

ZDNET has reported that Microsoft is planning to start charging users who use Windows 10 a monthly fee for maintenance. As we all know, Windows 10 is a service offered by Microsoft and it seems that they now want to cash in.
ZDNET’s Microsoft specialist, Mary Jo Foley, reports that the company will soon launch ‘Microsoft Managed Desktop’ which will charge a monthly fee to configure computers running Windows 10 and keep them running smoothly as new updates are released.

According to her, Microsoft already has a number of the pieces in place to make this happen, such as a Windows Autopilot automatic device provisioning service, device financing programs like Surface Plus and a ‘Surface as a Service’ leasing program. Microsoft also has a subscription bundle including Windows 10 and Office 365 called Microsoft 365 and Windows 10 Enterprise subscription plans.

At the moment, indications are ‘Microsoft Managed Desktop’ will be targeted at Businesses but what’s to stop Microsoft from being greedy and coming for the Home user?

Question is, as a business would you pay or if it comes to personal use, would you pay as well?

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#2

Any half competent corporate sysadmin already has automated tools to handle configurations and updates. And I don’t see the appeal to a power user.

I’m trying to understand who exactly this product is aimed at. Novice users and small businesses?


#3

Nah,i wouldnt pay for this,i think its targeted at novice users and SMEs.


#4

It depends.


#5

The price will determine whether I’ll pay or not. But that idea is not cool at all.


#6

On what exactly?


#7

What I pay plus what I get back. And if I can do the same tasks for a cheap.


#8

Kwani hamtumi zile za piratebay, huwa zinakam pre-licensed, halafu unapata pirated software pia hapo…akina office 2016 and such…Why would you pay to use Windows 10?

If you don’t like using pirated software, you can always dual boot with Ubuntu or Linux Mint and get all the benefits of regular updates and a stable system.


#9

This clown is stuck in 2002. Back when a legit copy of Windows XP Home Edition cost about 20k.

For anyone that doesn’t live in the old testament; between open source, the cloud and OEM bundles why would anyone install pirated software in this day and age?


#10

Lately pirated software on torrent sites seem to be pre-infected with malware and other unecessary software that can be used to spy on you since the pirates have embedded the software with their code.My advice,if you dont pay for the software,you are the product so pay or go for open source linux software.


#11

For the normal individual user I think it will be hard. An important consideration in Entrepreneurship 101 on setting pricing frameworks is “It’s always easier to bring the price down rather than increase it” …
I think the pricing would come in in pro Vs Home …though at this point I can’t justify the need to a normal end user …

  1. Bitlocker - encrypt your hard drive from boot time …Hands up if you currently have that right now …
  2. Hyper V - just enable virtualization in your bios and use a client like VMware or Virtualbox
  3. Controlled updates (Microsoft update for Business)- maybe delaying updates to some hrs - days may be valuable…
  4. Turn on windows features - e.g Microsoft IIS, windows defender advanced guard(WDAG) that can be used to secure Edge into a container. Hands up if you have (ever) done so …

What would be better to a professional when things go awry? It’s always blaming another person/party …and I think this would justify that …“Windows enterprise systems are not working after the update…” ‘It’s not my fault, they aren’t my scripts …’


#12

This makes sense for enterprises; there’s a cost to managing your own IT


#13

Professional and personal responsibility come into play. The blame game doesn’t work in corporate IT.

Updates are staged before being committed to live systems. And anyway why would this be different if you defer the responsibility to Microsoft?


#14

What I mean here is …If I can get assurance from the first party or even an established third party its better.
Just look at big corporates and how they navigate the tech space. It’s hard to see major companies going for FOSS products. Why? Do I have assurance about your product?

In short if I pay X amount will it be better(security, features. stability …etc) than paying lesser or nil?


#15

Cool story bro. Outside of Oracle and quite possibly MS Exchange, almost every major server application is FOSS.