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Flysofree
01-31-2016, 04:30 PM
The general consensus is that Microsoft will start charging for updates to Windows 10? Has anyone any idea or opinions on how much and how soon. I'm guessing it will be some type of yearly fee but when and how much?

Tom
01-31-2016, 07:18 PM
I'll say $100-125, starting by January 1, 2017.

Flysofree
02-01-2016, 02:23 PM
I'll say $100-125, starting by January 1, 2017.

I'm guessing not before Jan 2020 as I think that's the date for the end of Windows 7 Patches.. Windows 8. I think is a year later. But you could be right and they start charging next year.

DRIVEWAY
02-01-2016, 02:34 PM
Annual charge around $10 would be realistic for patches.

Tom
02-01-2016, 02:34 PM
W7 is done now, isn't it?

Flysofree
02-01-2016, 05:35 PM
Annual charge around $10 would be realistic for patches.

I used the word "patches", but should have just said "Updates". That covers patches and security etc.

Support for Windows 7 doesn't end for 3 plus more years Tom and for Windows 8 series a year or more later.. When I say support, my understanding is that's when security updates will stop . I have read that Windows 10 is the last one so people believe it will be a pay type situation at some point.

MJC922
02-01-2016, 08:52 PM
I don't think you'll have to worry about any fee if you've upgraded to Windows 10, it will continue getting patches and new features rolled out to it without paying a dime. However there will be a point when they stop supporting what will eventually be your old (long out of warranty hardware) and at that point you'll be forced to buy new hardware with new windows 10 on it to get supported again and / or to obtain the new features being rolled out. I suspect native drivers will start to get thin in years to come and this will segue into a very Apple-like strategy where new revs of iOS end up driving new hardware purchases because the old iPads and iPods can't even be upgraded to the new OS, so if you want that shiny new 'app' that only runs on the latest iOS time to pay up. Microsoft knows what they're doing, they don't need any money from these devices they've rolled out Win10 to, they'll get the money eventually, more importantly you're not running iOS, that alone is a strategic win at this point.

Flysofree
02-02-2016, 09:36 AM
I don't think you'll have to worry about any fee if you've upgraded to Windows 10, it will continue getting patches and new features rolled out to it without paying a dime. However there will be a point when they stop supporting what will eventually be your old (long out of warranty hardware) and at that point you'll be forced to buy new hardware with new windows 10 on it to get supported again and / or to obtain the new features being rolled out. I suspect native drivers will start to get thin in years to come and this will segue into a very Apple-like strategy where new revs of iOS end up driving new hardware purchases because the old iPads and iPods can't even be upgraded to the new OS, so if you want that shiny new 'app' that only runs on the latest iOS time to pay up. Microsoft knows what they're doing, they don't need any money from these devices they've rolled out Win10 to, they'll get the money eventually, more importantly you're not running iOS, that alone is a strategic win at this point.

What is an iOS? OS is operating system, I'm guessing?

Ocala Mike
02-02-2016, 11:56 AM
I think he means OS X, the MAC (Apple supported) OS.

upthecreek
02-02-2016, 01:24 PM
W7 is done now, isn't it?
Supported til 01/20