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"It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.

 

With the global launch of Windows 10 less than two weeks away, Microsoft's lawyers and business managers are finishing the pieces of the puzzle that don't involve code.

 

Earlier this week, Microsoft published its license terms for Windows 10. Today, the company updated its support lifecycle policy for the new OS. In the process, they've cleared up the confusion over a phrase that defines the new Windows 10 servicing model.

 

•For Windows 10, Microsoft will continue its traditional 10-year support lifecycle. The five-year mainstream support phase begins with the release of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015, and a second five-year extended support phase begins in 2020 and extends until October 2025. (That's a few months later than July 29, 2025, because of the way Microsoft calculates support dates.)

•A note to that policy qualifies the support commitment to devices where the OEM continues to support Windows 10 on that device.

 

Back in January, Windows boss Terry Myerson announced the new "Windows as a service" plan, using this language:

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device - at no additional charge.

 

Today's announcement clears up the "supported lifetime of the device" controversy."

 

More here in the article: http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-commits-to-10-year-support-lifecycle-for-windows-10/?tag=nl.e589&s_cid=e589&ttag=e589&ftag=TREc64629f

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