Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer does not include Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise

Windows 10 not free for enterprise customers: Microsoft

Microsoft clarified that enterprises are not included in the terms of the free upgrade to Windows 10 available for customers currently using Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

Last month, Terry Myerson, EVP of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft announced that the company will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for customers using older versions of the operating system during the first year after its launching.

In a blog post, Jim Alkove, director of program management at Microsoft recently made a clarification regarding the announcement of Myerson. According to him, the free upgrade to Windows 10 is available only to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

He said emphasized that the “Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise are not included in the terms of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer we announced last week.”

Software Assurance customers have rights to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprises

Alkove explained that enterprises are not included since active Software Assurance customers will continue to have rights to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside the offer. He added that Software Assurance customers will also benefit from the “full flexibility to deploy Windows 10 using their existing management infrastructure.”

According to Alkove, Microsoft will continue to deliver exclusive value and offer extensive flexibility for enterprise customers and partners in deploying and managing Windows 10 as it evolves to become a service.

“For companies that require these enterprise-grade capabilities, Windows Software Assurance (SA) will continue to offer the best and most comprehensive benefits,” said Alkove.

Windows 10 will keep enterprises more secure, up-to-date

Alkove added that Windows 10 will keep enterprises more secure and up-to-date. According to him, Microsoft’s goal is to provide enterprises with full flexibility, control and ability to pick the speed of innovation continuously through Windows 10.

According to Alkove some enterprises may need very strict change in management policies for prolong periods of time. He identified the systems powering hospital emergency rooms and financial trading systems as examples.  He said, Microsoft will provide long-term servicing branches at appropriate time interval to support Windows 10 devices in mission critical customer environments.

Today, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is available for Raspberry Pi 2, a $35 credit-card sized computer used by entrepreneurs to power their electronics projects.