Microsoft’s next big step this year is to put a tag on Windows 10, which we can all imagine, isn’t going to be an easy task. But with the company event scheduled for next week, the decision might already have been made. Spokespersons have said that the occasion might see big players in the company expounding on and essentially showing off the Microsoft new operating system. Besides that, they’ll also be speaking about where they plan for Windows to be headed. You can count on hearing a lot of “cloud-first, mobile first”.
COO Kevin Turner announced in December that business model plans would be unveiled near the start of the year. There’s one part of this that people would want to hear – about how the company will keep making the same kind of money after handing over licenses to tablet and smartphone makers, something it’s never done on such a decisive level. Turner said they’d come up on some “creative ways” to monetize in the upcoming scenario, but we’ll only know more in detail once the event is over.
As far as the upgrade pricing is concerned, users may have to wait longer than the reaming week. This is an important question for the PC industry this year, because it will in large part decide the fate of PC sales globally. We need to see if the tech giant can set a large price and still have a significant share of computer users come in to buy. The way they fared with Windows 8 isn’t easily forgotten, and the last thing the company needs is to unite users against the Microsoft new operating system.
Let’s review how the software mogul has been charging for its wares over the past year. First, they gave away Windows licenses to OEMs, and for free. This was supposed to go into the making of devices with screens under 9 inches. And then they released Windows 8.1 with Bing, specifically for PCs. This was another product that cost close to nothing, and is the OS powering some of the most affordable notebooks released in the market. One of these is the HP’s Stream, which has been giving stiff competition to the similarly capable Chrome OS laptops.
The Windows 10 operating system might be something new, which doesn’t even fit into the line of Windows products we’ve seen so far. But if Microsoft sets too high a price, they’ll probably get reactions they weren’t hoping for.