Windows 10 pricing has been announced — at least for those that want a third-party to do most of the management. At today's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto, Yusuf Mehdi announced that Microsoft Cloud Service Providers would begin offering a manage service option running at $7 a seat per month starting this fall.
Simplified licensing and integrated security were just some of the features that Mehdi highlighted in an item announcing the news shortly before the keynotes began.
And Windows 10 CSP isn't the only X-as-a-Service Microsoft is pitching today: The company also announced Surface-as-a-Service (no way that acronym will be confusing), to be sold through Cloud Service Providers that are also Surface Authorized Distributors. The options will bundle Windows 10, Office 365, and managed services through the ISV tailored to the customer needs.
The company also touted the expansion of the Surface Enterprise Initiative, bringing IBM and Booz Allen Hamilton on board. That program launched with Dell last year, and has apparently helped with the device's traction: Mehdi noted that Surface has gone from being a $1 billion annual business to bringing in $1 billion per quarter just over the past year.
Stay tuned as we continue to bring in updates live from WPC.