UPDATED July 2, 2015: We are excited to provide additional context around the features and capabilities of Windows 10 as we approach July 29, the date that consumers can download Windows 10 worldwide. You can now compare features that will be available as part of Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education versions of Windows 10. Terry Myerson also provided an update in his blog on what to expect from the new Windows model, and I encourage you to read his post to better understand the changes and benefits. Also, be sure to attend the Windows 10 Learning Series – What you Need to Know about Commercial Customer Upgrades to learn about the key licensing and deployment aspects related to our offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 devices.
You’ve probably heard the exciting news by now: this morning, Terry Myerson announced that Windows 10 will be available on July 29. This presents enormous opportunities for you, our partner community, and for our mutual customers.
By taking license costs out of the equation, the Windows 10 free upgrade offer* – under which both Windows 7 Pro and 8.1 Pro devices are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro – will fuel business segment interest in Windows 10, setting the stage for you, our partners, to grow both your top and bottom lines through the delivery of a broader set of more differentiated services using your existing skills. Windows 10 will make delivering the traditional set of migration-related projects easier and therefore faster, while also enabling partners to…
Deliver a variety of ongoing, higher value services
Secure new universal LOB application projects, and
Provision Office 365 and Azure cloud services to your customers.
We’re eager to help you get started leveraging this powerful platform to grow your business. The great resources below will help you be ready for your Windows 10 conversations with customers:
The Windows 10 Learning Series is a great way to educate yourself on Windows 10, and because the videos are on-demand, you can learn at your own pace, in your own time. The Learning Series covers topics like deployment, security, and licensing, and we’re adding a session on the Internet of Things and a deep dive into how you can manage and deploy updates to Windows 10. More than 1,800 of your fellow partners have taken advantage of the sessions already. Even if you’ve completed the series, we’ll continue adding new content, so check back often.
As you can imagine, Windows 10 was a very hot topic at the Ignite and //Build conferences this year. Check out the keynotes and sessions from those conferences for more detailed information on Windows 10’s features, functionality, and future. And of course, you can learn more about how Windows 10 can benefit partners by attending the keynotes and focused sessions at WPC 2015.
If you haven’t already signed up for Windows Insider Program, it’s not too late to help us continue to improve Windows 10. Become an insider and help us build the platform you want to see.
Now that you know Windows 10, it’s time to activate the power of Windows 10 for your customers and your business:
Take a look at the Windows 10 Insider Preview campaign materials for sales tools that include product descriptions, overview presentations, feature details, and more. These resources can help you be ready to talk about Windows 10 for phones, or the specific features that will benefit SMBs, for example. From high-level overviews to deep dives on Windows 10 for enterprise, you’ll find great information to take to your customers.
Help speed adoption of Windows 10 by taking part in Windows Accelerate. We’ll provide you with funding and resources to help you prove the value of the platform to your customers. Build prototype apps and deployment solutions specific to your customers’ needs.
Check out the just-released Windows 10 Pre-RTM Proof of Concept module.
Terry Myerson announced in the Build 2015 keynote that our goal is to have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 in the next 2-3 years. It’s a big goal, and big goals can mean big opportunities for those who are ready to take advantage. What does Windows 10 mean for our partners who are ready to take on the challenge?
As I’ve said in previous posts, times of change can spark the best in our progress and creativity. We think Windows 10 holds a vast opportunity to reinvent productivity and inspire new ways to develop and delight customers.
Judging from the innovation we see from our partner community, I’m truly excited to see what the future holds.
*Windows 10 Upgrade Offer valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices. Some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device and market. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. The availability of Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 devices may vary by OEM, mobile operator or carrier. See www.windows.com/windows10upgrade for details.
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