Listen to this Windows Weekly podcast:

You hear tons about Windows 10 being a free upgrade for one year for consumers.  There’s one theme throughout the presentation…Windows as a Service.  Let us review something.  When something is “as a service” these days what does that mean?  Cloud.  What is the cloud usually mean?  An annual or monthly subscription.  I could be wrong but i HIGHLY doubt Microsoft is going to give away 33% of their revenue without a plan to get it back.  When Windows 10 first started being talked about Windows as a subscription model was floated….quietly.  The pushback was quick and it quietly disappears.  WAAS “Windows as a service” i think after a year you will start getting “reminders” to subscribe for the latest versions without having to reainstall.  Listen very very closely.


In a way it is a stroke of genius.  How do drug dealers do things?  They give you free taste..get you hooked then drain you dry.  I am not saying I know this for sure but the pieces line up this way.  Unless Microsoft says otherwise that’s the stance I am taking and advising folks to not buy Win10 for TWO years and see what the softies are up to.  Paul Thurott and Mary Jo are trying to say this isn’t a subscription model.  Until Microsoft itself says otherwise I cannot believe them.