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Windows 10

Download and upgrade for free until 29th July 2016.

Note, only from Windows 7 or later, you cannot upgrade from Windows XP for free.

Windows 10Visit Microsoft’s web site, click here, to see the highlights of the latest Windows operating system, Windows 10.

There is only speculation about the pricing after July 29th. For example Forbes, and others, are sure Microsoft will charge companies first $7 per user per month.

Consumers are not going to be charged – for now anyway.

This means that from now on, Windows will be considered a SaaS (Software as a Service) in exactly the same way as Office 365 and Azure are, for example.

Microsoft has already said they are not going to release a product after Windows 10, instead they will continue to improve it and release upgrades which automatically download and install.

So, what are your options if you don’t like the idea of paying a monthly fee to use your computer. One option is to switch the Apple range of computers, tablets, phones, watches etc.

Another is to switch to Linux. Though Linux is free and arguably requires more technical expertise to support, many businesses offer Linux as a professionally supported operating system. They take Linux and package it to the tastes of their business customers . These are called Enterprise Linux Distributions.

One of the most popular, for example, is Red Hat Enterprise Linux. A desktop license costs as little as $49.

We are happy to discuss options if you are interested in non-Windows solutions.