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?