It is well known that Microsoft wants to encourage as many people as possible to upgrade to Windows 10 from an older version of Windows. But the company now wants to make the Windows 10 upgrade even more widely available. Microsoft has announced in a blog post that the company will start to offer upgrade options to small businesses and other small organizations.
The free upgrade to Windows 10 option is currently available to all eligible Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, except Enterprise users. Users are constantly receiving various ‘advertisements’ through Windows Update, that encourage them to switch to the latest version of Windows. However, domain-joined systems have so far been excluded from this offer, but Microsoft tends to change that.
Windows 10 Upgrade to be Available for Small Businesses
Domain-joined systems that are receiving updates through Windows Update service (as their updates are not managed by WSUS or System Center Configuration Manager) will soon receive the ‘Get Windows 10’ app. The offer will first land on the computers in the US, and it will eventually become available worldwide shortly after.
Microsoft also stated that larger organizations running Windows Enterprise editions won’t receive a free upgrade option, yet.
“We will begin to roll out the “Get Windows 10” app to additional devices that meet the following criteria, in the US later this month and in additional markets shortly thereafter:
- Running and licensed for Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro
- Configured to receive updates directly from the Windows Update service (i.e. updates are not managed by WSUS or System Center Configuration Manager on those devices)
- Joined to an Active Directory domain”
Users are quite unsatisfied with Microsoft’s decision to ‘force’ them to upgrade to Windows 10, as the majority of them is annoyed by constant advertisements pushed through Windows Update. It has to be seen how small business will react to Microsoft’s way of convincing people to upgrade to Windows 10.
However, Microsoft has offered a way of disabling Get Windows 10 app and preventing Windows 10 upgrade to IT Administrators, and you can find more detailed explanation here.