Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley picked up rumblings that Windows 10 may be getting a price hike for business customers. ZD Net reports Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will soon be added to the Windows 10 lineup, and that this new version of Windows will come with a change in how Microsoft prices the OS for its PC maker partners.
One customer said he was told there could be a price increase of roughly $70 per operating system for use on systems with processors with four or fewer cores. For machines with Xeon processors with more than four cores, there could be a price increase of roughly $230 per operating system, I was told.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is going to be available around the time Windows 10 Fall Creators Update starts rolling out, which is October 17. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will be available as a paid upgrade -- the exact cost of which Microsoft still has not disclosed publicly -- to Windows 10 Home or Pro, as well as pre-installed on new high-end PC/workstation systems.