Windows 10 Enterprise vs. Education

Numerous posts and bits of info exist on the difference between Windows 10 Enterprise edition and its counterpart, Education.  In a nutshell, they are both functionally the same product.  The main immediate difference is that Win10 Education, which is only available through an educational institution’s volume licensing agreement with Microsoft, allows an in-place upgrade over Windows 10 Home Edition.

This allows schools to purchase devices with the lower-cost Home edition installed, and upgrade to Enterprise-grade Education version on top of it.

However, I overheard at the Midwest Management Summit this past week (May 15 – 18, 2017) that Microsoft is beginning to hint that educational institutions that have been using Win10 Enterprise should really switch over to Education instead.  I haven’t found any confirmation on this or what’s planned for the future to enforce this shift, however.

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