The speculation about Windows 10 codenamed Threshold is catching the tech world by storm, and those who follow Microsoft very closely. But, with recent rumors coming out about it, many have speculated about its future. But, further research has indicated that it could be two versus one release.

With Windows 10 screenshots starting to trickle out of Redmond courtesy of different leakers, the speculation about its future is overshadowing Windows 8.1 Update. But, with those screenshots, users are getting a preview of a possible two product cycle release from Microsoft.

Microsoft Ponders A Windows 10 Dual Release

Two Windows, But How?

The early code previews and screenshots of Windows 10 seem to be pointing to two different releases from Microsoft. The company does want to put out a Windows 10 product by the middle of 2015, but also has a product in development codenamed Windows 365. This latter product could be a subscription play from an operating system.

A subscription based operating system could make sense for business and enterprise companies, and give companies two different options to update from Windows 7. But, by coming out with two different operating systems, it could make consumers question the future of Microsoft’s role in operating systems.

Microsoft Could Make Windows 10 A Online Subscription Play Or Not

Could Windows 10 Be A Subscription Service?

Many wonder about whether or not Windows 10 could be a subscription service versus a downloadable product from Microsoft. Many are thinking that Windows 10 should be a free download, and give customers a better operating system than Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. But, it’s likely it will be a low cost upgrade.

But, could Windows 10 be a subscription service only? It’s very clear that Microsoft has made Office 365 and Microsoft Azure two premium subscription services, and has done incredibly well with those products. Taking Windows to a subscription only play could have huge risks for the company, but it could also reap incredible revenues as well. Many wonder about Windows 10 and Microsoft’s play in the cloud for consumers, and it’s clear that they know what they are doing with it.

Windows 10 could be a free, cheap, or expensive product. Hopefully Microsoft gets it right with Windows 10 next year.