Stopping the FUD: There is no yearly subscription fee for Windows 10


Windows_10_contentfullwidthHow many times have you seen in on the internet, whether it be in news stories from sites who know nothing about Microsoft, or from commenters who love spreading false information. Or you’ve seen it from readers who are genuinely confused about what Microsoft plans to do. Let’s help stop the FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) and set the record straight.

Windows 10 will not have an annual fee. Windows 10 will not charge you a yearly subscription after the free-for-one-year upgrade offer expires. Microsoft’s Gabe Aul took it to Twitter just the other day to reiterate this point, after one Twitter user asked him to be clear. “@Microsoft before I go to #Windows10, you need to be clear what update free for year means? Statement leaves door open for annual fees later.”


Between July 29th 2015 and July 29th 2016, you will have the chance to snag a free upgrade to Windows 10. After July 29th 2016, you will have to pay for a Windows 10 license. How much will the license cost after the free year? That’s not quite certain yet, but it will likely be the same price for the OEM version of the operating system ($119 for Home and $199 for Pro). However, chances are Microsoft will likely offer a discounted special to entice users to upgrade to the latest operating system. There will not be a yearly fee to run Windows 10 after July 2016.

One thought on “Stopping the FUD: There is no yearly subscription fee for Windows 10

  1. Do these “previews” install like a windows update to the windows 10 I currently have, or are they a complete new version of windows 10. will it require me to reinstall the programs I have on my windows version I have now?

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