Windows 12 might need a subscription. According to reports, Microsoft is considering making Windows 12 available as a subscription service. According to Neowin, a German website Deskmodder identified an INI configuration file in the Windows Canary channel that includes references to a “Subscription Edition,” “Subscription Type,” and a “subscription status.”
Windows 12 might need a subscription
We presently have two primary versions of Windows 11: Home and Professional, both of which cost a fixed price and offer free updates for the life of the operating system. Microsoft appears to be changing that with Windows 12, with the upfront purchase being replaced by an ongoing subscription charge that will limit access to features dependent on the subscription tier selected.
It would allow manufacturers to cut their pricing for preconfigured desktop PCs and laptops that ship with Windows 12 preinstalled because Microsoft would likely let them install Windows 12 for free knowing that the individual purchasing the machine would need to pay a subscription.
If this is the case, we must also consider the prospect of Microsoft offering a free tier and requiring users to view advertisements sprinkled throughout the Windows 12 experience.
It was speculated last year that Windows 12 might be introduced in 2024. We also got a look at the Windows 12 desktop at Microsoft Ignite, and Microsoft has recently been promoting AI features with its subscription model for Microsoft 365 and OneDrive. At this point, it wouldn’t be surprising if a Windows 12 subscription provided access to all of Microsoft’s premium services.
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