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Windows 10 subscriptions aren't happening. Here's why

One of the most persistent questions I hear about Windows 10 involves what happens when the free upgrade offer ends. Is Microsoft going to start charging subscription fees? After a close look at the company's financials, I'm convinced the answer is an emphatic no.

Windows 10 usage share continues to grow, but enterprise stays on sidelines

The latest analytics data confirms that Windows 10 has moved into a strong second place in terms of usage. Meanwhile, new data suggests that Windows 7 is going to be the enterprise standard for a long time.

What happens to those free Windows 10 upgrades after July 29, 2016?

We're exactly six months through Microsoft's unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 10. The offer officially expires July 29, 2016, on the one-year anniversary of the new operating system's release. But what happens then? I see three possible scenarios.

Windows 10 at six months: Ready for primetime?

Windows 10 has been available to the public for six months this week. By the numbers, it's been a hit, with 200 million active users as of the first of the year. Here's my midterm report card.

Microsoft updates support policy: New CPUs will require Windows 10

In a change to its longstanding support policy, Microsoft says PCs based on new CPU architectures, including Intel's Skylake chips, will require Windows 10. A list of preferred systems will support older Windows versions on new hardware, but only for 18 months.

Microsoft expands Get Windows 10 program to domains, publishes opt-out instructions

As the year-long free upgrade offer for Windows 10 nears the halfway mark, Microsoft is getting more aggressive, with new plans to begin displaying the GWX taskbar icon and upgrade prompts on business PCs that had previously been off-limits.

Windows users face a dangerous world with end of support for older Internet Explorer versions

Microsoft officially drops support for most older versions of Internet Explorer today. That means no more security updates for tens or hundreds of millions of Windows users, many of whom will be blissfully unaware that they're in danger.

?Still running Windows 8? Time to upgrade, or else

Windows 8 is only three years old, so with Microsoft's 10-year support policy, one might assume it's eligible for security updates for many years. But thanks to a quirk in that support lifecycle, the clock runs out in a matter of days. If you're still running Windows 8, it's time to upgrade.

How to block Windows 10 upgrades on your business network (and at home, too)

Microsoft's aggressive upgrade campaign for Windows 10 rubs some people the wrong way. Here's how to say no to the new version in 30 seconds or less, without installing third-party software.

Revealed! The crucial detail that Windows 10 privacy critics are missing

Here we go again. The usual suspects are trying to turn routine diagnostic information into another manufactured privacy controversy over Windows 10. Don't fall for it. (PS: You won't believe what Apple's privacy policy says.)

Android Wars 2016: Google surrenders to Oracle as Microsoft allies with Cyanogen

In a surprise development, Google has abandoned its own Java standard libraries for those of Oracle. The move might be the first step in settling an ongoing lawsuit, but the implications for the Android community are profound. And it offers a possible opening for Microsoft.

Windows 10's end-of-year report card: Room for improvement in 2016

It's no exaggeration to say that Microsoft's future hinges on how well it can handle the transition to Windows 10. In 2015, the company delivered its first official release and its first major update. So how'd they do? I'm handing out the end-of-term grades.

Microsoft accused of releasing 'worst patch yet' for Windows 10 (spoiler: it's not true)

In an all-too-typical pattern, InfoWorld accused Microsoft of releasing a horribly flawed, data-destroying security update for Windows 10, KB3124200. There's only one small problem: That update does no such thing. Is it too much to ask tech reporters to gather some facts before hurling accusations?

How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro without hassles

You've got a new PC (or an old, freshly upgraded one) running Windows 10 Home. You want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Here's how to get the job done quickly. You can even get the upgrade for no extra cost if you have an unused Pro or Ultimate product key from an older version of Windows.

Microsoft's on-again-off-again relationship with the Chinese government is on again

In Beijing, Microsoft and the Chinese government sign a deal that could bring Windows 10 to government-owned computers.

Microsoft releases 2015's final Windows 10 preview build, promises faster pace next year

Just ahead of the holiday lull, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview build today. Set your expectations accordingly: there are no new features to be found in build 11082. Instead, most of the work is in preparation for an accelerated release pace in 2016.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: OneDrive's apology, iOS and Chrome enterprise bugs, Live Writer returns

If you're a network admin using Google Chrome or managing iOS devices, last week was not a good one. Also in the news: Microsoft's apology for last month's OneDrive mess, complete with a modest make-good offer for loyal customers, and the return of Windows Live Writer as an open source project.

Microsoft apologizes for offending OneDrive fans, but won't restore unlimited storage

Customers of Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service got an unwelcome surprise last month, with the company dropping its promised 'unlimited storage' option and drastically reducing free tiers. Today, the company apologized for its poor communication and announced a new offer to restore the old free limits for some OneDrive users.

Who's still using Internet Explorer? And why won't they upgrade?

On January 12, 2016, Microsoft is officially dropping support for all but the latest version of Internet Explorer. For a surprisingly high number of laggards, it's time to upgrade or face a world of hurt. So what's holding them back...

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