Microsoft Updates and Clarifies Its Windows 10 Plans
What that means to enterprise users is that the update to Windows 10 will happen in much the same way as other updates to Windows using Software Assurance for Windows. They will be provided to the IT department for distribution, and the IT department will decide the timing and priority of the updates. As is the case with other Windows updates, whatever your company is paying for Software Assurance will cover the cost of Windows 10. It's worth knowing that Windows 10 Enterprise will include some features that aren't in other copies of Windows 10, such as Windows Update for Business and the Windows Store for Business. Windows 10 Enterprise also includes a wide variety of deployment options, including Windows To Go and installation in virtual environments. Microsoft says that Windows 10 Enterprise will include special security features just for enterprise environments. Existing users of Windows 7 have already started seeing invitations to register for the update to Windows 10 on their machines. That invitation appears as a small Windows logo in the lower right corner of the Windows 7 screen in the Task Bar. Click on that and let Microsoft know that you're ready for the update, and it will be provided to you on or after July 29. I have not noticed that logo on Windows 8.1 screens. When the Windows 10 update is ready, you'll be notified, and at that point, you can choose to download and install the new version, or you can choose to wait for a convenient time. Plan accordingly. If the update process is like the one for the Windows 10 Preview, it'll take a couple of hours to complete, so plan on not using your computer during that time.
Of course, you're not required to download and install the update to Windows 10, but eventually, the free offer will go away, and then you'll have to pay for the update if you still want it. A lot depends on whether the move to Windows 10 is a smooth and seamless as Microsoft says it will be. So far it seems to be, but real life has a way of changing things.