Microsoft have just announced that they are enabling free upgrades to Windows 10 Pro for certain customers licensed through the CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) program.
Organisations who have any CSP licenses for:
- Windows 10 Enterprise E3
- Windows 10 Enterprise E5
- Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) E3
- Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) E5
are now eligible to upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices to Windows 10 Pro at no cost. This gives them the required base Operating System to then upgrade to Windows 10 E3/E5 via CSP – as these CSP licenses can only be used to upgrade devices running Windows 10 Pro anniversary update.
The free Windows 10 Pro licenses are perpetual and tied to the device. Even if the customer ends their CSP subscription, the free upgrade license will not be revoked.
The upgrade options will start to appear in the relevant portals within the next 48 hours:
Say an organisation with 150 Windows 7 devices decided to replace 15 with new Windows 10 Pro machines. They then decide they want the new security benefits of Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and that paying monthly works for them so they go down the CSP licensing route. However, up until now, they could only have bought 15 CSP licenses – for those new devices – and for the other 135, purchasing a Windows 10 Pro retail copy would have been required…at around £150 each.
Now however, they can upgrade those 135 devices to Windows 10 Pro free of charge and then purchase CSP subscription licenses to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5.
Customers who want to move to Windows 10 can now do so at a lower cost, and utilise their existing hardware.
Partners have a wider audience to whom they can discuss Windows 10 via CSP, and the wider world of services the licensing model enables.
Microsoft further advance their drive to help customers move from the legacy operating systems and up to Windows 10.
I think this is a positive move for many organisations, and as I’m a big fan of Windows 10, a positive move for the OS itself.
The Microsoft post can be found here.