Microsoft trademarks Windows 365 name

Posted on Monday, Feb 09 2015 @ 14:40 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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A new trademark application by Microsoft adds credibility to rumors that the software giant is considering a subscription-based Windows service. Microsoft trademarked the name "Windows 365", indicating the firm is considering a version of its OS that commands an annual fee rather than a significantly more expensive one-time fee.

It's not clear of such a service is coming in the near-future, it could be that Microsoft is just playing defensive by claiming the trademark to make sure it is not taken by another company. Neowin for instance expects the chances of a Windows 365 are pretty slim given the strategy Microsoft is following with Windows 10:
But, seeing that Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be free, for anyone upgrading from Windows 7 or 8, 'Windows 365' did not materialize in the way that many had speculated.

Even though Microsoft has not fully detailed its Windows 10 pricing strategy, such as what does a license cost for someone building their own PC and after one-year, what is the upgrade charge for Windows 10, we do not believe that Microsoft is targeting an annual subscription charge for Windows, at this time.

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