Microsoft has announced that it is making its Windows 10 Enterprise version available as a subscription that can be purchased through reseller partners for $84 per user per year.
According to ZDNet, Microsoft is providing two versions of Windows 10 Enterprise. The renaming of its Windows 10 Enterprise operating system has been announced by the company last week.
The lower end of the operating system is called Windows 10 Enterprise E3. The upper end of the operating system is called Windows 10 Enterprise E5.
The E5 version will include a new Microsoft service for detecting and responding the attacks called Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. According to Microsoft's blog, the E3 and E5 versions will also be available as part of a bundle formerly named "Enterprise Cloud Suite" and now called "Secure Productive Enterprise."
The pricing of the lower end version of the Windows 10 Enterprise operating system has been announced by Microsoft at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto on July 12.
Windows 10 Enterprise E3 is the name of the lower-end of two different versions of Windows 10 Enterprise. Windows 10 Enterprise E5 is the new name of the Windows 10 Enterprise version that also will include Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a new Microsoft service for detecting and responding to attacks.
Starting this fall, the Cloud Solution Provider channel will allow Microsoft reseller partners to sell the Windows 10 E3 subscription. The pricing or availability timing for Windows 10 E5 was not yet announced by the company.
Users of Windows 10 Pro will be able to migrate to Windows 10 Enterprise without requiring a reboot. Windows 10 Enterprise E3 on a per device basis will still be available for those users who don't want to purchase Windows 10 Enterprise as a subscription.
The new licensing options for Secure Productive Enterprise and Windows 10 Enterprise are not for the consumer/home variants of the product. According to Computerworld, the new Windows 10 Enterprise subscription plans can be seen as Microsoft's continuation of the Windows Software Assurance per user launched in December 2014.