Windows 10 - Free for Business? Maybe. Maybe Not.

Business might have to write a very big check to get Windows 10.

Microsoft's faster-paced release cadence for Windows 10 will, as expected, require enterprises to either adapt or pay for the privilege of going slow, several analysts said today.

But the details are cloudy at best, with some analysts believing that Microsoft will use already-in-place mechanisms to charge corporations while others said even that was murky.

"Microsoft has made little crystal clear," said Al Gillen of IDC. "We're not getting specific answers, but Microsoft has not said that upgrades from Windows 7 are free for business."

The problem is essentially about what Microsoft executive Terry Myerson, who leads the OS group, called "Windows as a service" in a two-and-a-half-hour presentation last week.

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