Subscription-based Windows 10 comes to the enterprise

It’s been labeled “Windows as a Service” and it is anticipated to have a big impact on the enterprise Windows market in the long run. Not long after recent partner-based announcements surrounding Windows 10 subscriptions, Microsoft has released a similar approach for the general enterprise. Based on feedback from its partners and customers, Microsoft has unveiled its Windows as a Service subscription plan for enterprise users.

The program, Windows 10 Enterprise E3 for the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, was originally announced in July, and it will allow businesses of any size to access the latest security, management, and control features in the Enterprise edition of Windows without having to pay for a long-term volume-licensing agreement.

Starting this month, businesses of any size can purchase Windows 10 Enterprise E3 through the CSP program for $7 per user/per month and take advantage of enterprise-grade security and management functionality. In an announcement, Microsoft’s Nic Fillingham said Windows 10 Enterprise E3 was designed for businesses that handle sensitive customer data, such as credit card information or Social Security numbers, or “operate in regulated industries.” Among the included security and management features are device guard, credential guard, and managed user experience.

Customers can also easily move their devices to a Windows 10 Enterprise edition with the use of the Cloud Solution Provider program and Azure Active Directory login. Microsoft also announced that ALSO GmbH, Tech Data Corp. and Synnex Corp. are its launch partners and the companies have Windows 10 Enterprise E3 available for their resellers. All three companies are now able to deliver the full range of Microsoft enterprise offerings, which includes Azure, Dynamics, Office 365 and Windows as a complete, cloud-delivered and managed service via a single customer user profile.

What this means for businesses is that they can eliminate the need for some in-house IT administrators as they can work with a trusted partner in the CSP program that will supply the most secure edition of Windows in the same way that Office 365 and Azure subscriptions are delivered.

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