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Microsoft talks subscriptions for Windows and plans for Surface/Hololens

This week, Microsoft has revealed that it will soon begin offering its enterprise users a subscription option for Windows 10, allowing companies to pay $7 per month or $84 per year for a Windows 10 license, rather than bulk-buying full licenses for the OS. On top of that, the company also has additional plans for ‘Surface as a Service’ and the Hololens in the business world.

There has been some talk of Microsoft potentially offering Windows 10 on a subscription basis in the past and it seems that now, the company is putting that idea to the test with its enterprise users. The subscription was announced in a blog post today, which also notes similar ideas for Surface devices and touches on Hololens progress.

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The idea behind this is that now Microsoft’s ‘full IT stack’ can be paid for on a subscription basis and work places can add or remove services quickly and easily as their needs change. Aside from that, Microsoft has also begun talking about the ‘Surface as a Service’ program, which allows authorised Surface distributors to offer Surface devices alongside services like Office 365 and Windows 10. This is mostly aimed at businesses with a lot of travelling or remote workers.

Finally, the Hololens was touched on. While we have mainly seen Hololens demoed as a potential gaming device, that doesn’t really seem to be what Microsoft wants it to be. This week’s Hololens progress update came in the form of a video showcasing some commercial mixed reality apps for the augmented reality headset.

KitGuru Says: It seems that Microsoft is putting a heavy focus on enterprise right now and trying to get more businesses on to Windows 10 and using Microsoft hardware, like the Surface or Hololens. I do wonder if Microsoft may offer Windows as a subscription to consumers at some point, rather than just enterprise users. Do you guys think a Windows subscription service would catch on? 

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