Will Windows 10 soon be offered as a paid subscription? This is what Microsoft could soon reveal in its Microsoft 365 for Consumers offer. Do not panic, however: this should not change anything regarding your current Windows 10 license. This should remain valid, at least if the latest rumors are to be believed.
Rumor has been running for over 5 years, even before the launch of a new version of the operating system: Microsoft would like to market Windows 10 to the general public in the form of a subscription , as is currently the case for almost all of its applications and services (the Office suite, the paid version of OneDrive, etc.). If the information comes back every year, it never materialized. Currently, it is still appropriate to acquire Windows 10 in the form of a final purchase , at least for the general public. However, this time could be the right one. According to WindowsUnited and a source that the site describes as very safe, the Redmond company would like to offer Windows 10 as part of its new offer Microsoft 365 .
Windows 10 included in the Microsoft 365 for Consumers offer?
There is already a Microsoft 365 Business offer that offers, among other things, a subscription to Office 365 and OneDrive. But, as its name suggests, it is mainly dedicated to companies (to SMEs, more precisely). Microsoft is currently working on a new offer for the general public called Microsoft 365 for Consumers . If, until now, it was believed that it was a simple variation of the Business version, this would ultimately not be entirely the case. Microsoft 365 could integrate a subscription to Windows 10 : “We have received confirmation from a reliable source, who knows the subject well, that Microsoft 365 for consumers will include Windows 10,” explains the WindowsUnited site.
However, this does not mean that you will have to pay every month or each year for your Windows 10 license, as is the case for example for the Microsoft Office 365 suite. According to WindowsUnited, Microsoft 365 should offer features exclusive to Windows 10. Clearly, it would not be necessary to subscribe to Microsoft 365 to be able to use Windows 10. The classic Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro packs would continue to be marketed and only users who want to take advantage of new features should subscribe to Microsoft 365.
Nothing is yet fully endorsed, since the publisher of Redmond would still think about the additional options it would deliver within this version of Windows 10. It is also unknown if this offer will offer more or less the same software and services as Microsoft Business. Initially planned for summer 2019, Microsoft 365 should finally be released in summer 2020.