Microsoft has announced that with the end of support in January 2020 of Windows 7 they will end the desktop/tablet version of Windows 10 and sometime in late 2019 have a push update to start all devices to update to Windows DaaS. WDaaS is the new Operating System, it will require an always Internet connection and Microsoft will manage your devices. The standalone version of Windows is dead. The new Windows DaaS will be a monthly fee based Operating System, projected cost is said to be $14.99 per device. In our home we currently have 3 Windows 10 devices, that will equal $44.97 + tax per month. We are a poverty level family so we can’t afford to pay $44.97 + tax per month. Now suppose I wanted to add Office 360 to the mix, then I add $7.99 to my monthly fee + tax on that. That comes to $22,98 + tax for 1 device. We also have 3 Windows 7 devices that are NOT connected to the Internet so they can’t update.
Microsoft states the change is necessary due to the fact that so many people are still using Widows 7 and refuse to upgrade, this refusal is hurting Microsoft development and computer companies and hardware manufactures.
OPTIONS MAN I WANT OPTIONS!
Well we have several.
1) Stay with Microsoft and pay $14.99 per month for something you BOUGHT, you paid hundreds for the device, tablet or computer, and now you have to pay for the right to use it.
2) If your device will support it revert back to Windows 7, of course you have to find a legal retail unused copy of Windows 7, and then face the fact that starting in 1-2020 it will no longer be supported and after that it’s use the Internet at your own risk. As I mentioned we have 3 Windows 7 computers but none are connected to the Internet.
3) Linux, install Linux on any devices that will support it. Linux is now a very user friendly option and many Windows users will not notice a difference in day to day use. Also Linux can run many Microsoft based applications.
5) Pen and paper
Microsoft has opened a huge door to a major increase in the use of Android, Linux and Apple. I believe many Microsoft users will move to Linux and Apple, the average American household simply can’t afford the monthly fee I also wonder if the forced change violates the GDPR of Europe? The GDPR covers a vast area of tech and it is possible that a cloud based, monthly fee based, controlled by Microsoft Operating System may violate GDPR. If the move is a violation of GDPR then Microsoft can’t market Windows DaaS in the EU and people in the EU can’t be forced to update. How many billions of personal devices is that?