Will Windows 10 switch to the subscription model? This idea has almost become very much expected since the success of Office 365, the subscription giving access to the Microsoft Office Suite, but also to storage on OneDrive and minutes of calls on Skype.
The rumor is reborn today by the WindowsUnited site which claims to have questioned a source of trust. Windows 10 would be integrated into the future Microsoft 365 subscription.
Microsoft 365: A new consumer subscription that includes Windows 10
The Microsoft 365 subscription has been the subject of rumors since the end of 2018. The journalist Mary Jo Foley said recently that the subscription was still in the company plans, and would be available in 2020.
It would be a consumer subscription equivalent to what Microsoft offers to businesses. Microsoft 365 for business brings together Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
According to Mary Jo Foley, the mainstream subscription should therefore be above all a renaming of the current Office 365 offer, with possibly the arrival of a mainstream version of Microsoft Teams, the competitor of Slack.
According to WindowsUnited, the subscription will go further than this simple name change and integrate a license for Windows 10. Today, Windows 10 is available as a free update for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8. But new machines use a paid license, purchased either by the manufacturer or by the end customer for custom desktop PCs.
This license integrated into the subscription would no longer worry about this problem. A simple connection to Microsoft account would be enough to activate the machine with its Windows 10 license by subscription.
For those who already have a license, it would of course still be valid and WindowsUnited indicates that Microsoft would prepare “bonuses” reserved for its subscribers. Which would encourage subscription. The site does not give any indication of the nature of these bonuses. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comment box below.