January 20, 2017
Microsoft is continuing to push its Windows 10 operating system by offering free upgrades to customers with Windows subscriptions through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.
“This means customers subscribed to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 as well as Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5, can now upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 without the need to purchase separate upgrade licenses,” Windows Marketing small business product manager Nic Fillingham said in a blog post.
“In order to take advantage of this new upgrade benefit, tenant admins for customers with Windows cloud subscriptions can log in to the Office 365 Admin center http://portal.office.com with their Azure Active Directory admin credentials and see options to begin the upgrade on the device they are currently using, share the download link with others in their organization, create installation media or troubleshoot installation.”
The Windows 10 upgrade licenses will not expire or be revoked, even if the customer decides to end their Windows cloud subscription in the CSP program.
Windows 10, which launched in 2015, now enjoys a 24 percent share of the Windows operating system market, according to stats from Net Market Share while Windows 7, continues to be the most-used software with 48 percent of the market. Windows 8.1 has just 6.9 percent market share.