[QUOTE=Ibex;2759781]My understanding is that the Enterprise edition only activates via a Key Management Server. So in principle doesn’t need to phone home to Microsoft even for activation.[/QUOTE]
This is not true The enterprise version activates directly with microsoft if a KMS server is not available
The trouble with KMS is the time the PC can be without contact before the key expires and so it is not feasable in some situations when consultants are away for extended periods of time (like when doing work for governments abroad).
Due to this, I do not think Microsoft will enforce KMS activation for any OS or edition thereof.
By default, Windows 7 and Windows [I]Server[/I] 2008 R2 onwards, use [I]KMS[/I] for activation according to Microsoft, but it is not enforced. It is my understanding that this applies to all editions of windows apart from the Home editions
I have heard the same KMS requirement mentioned for the LTSB versions (Long Term Servicing Branch).
I have yet to do a installation and so will not be bombastic, but it will surprise me if it requires KMS.
Another information which partly is false but spreading fast is Microsoft has already set a “end of support” date for Windows 10. While it is true, it is afaik, related to the LTSB editions and not Windows 10 generally.
The trouble with the LTSB is that while they are compatible with the release version of Windows 10, they will only get security updates and not new functionality when this is pushed from Microsoft to the other editions. In day to day operation, you could find Windows 10 Ent. N LTSB incompatible with future programs based on this new functionality.
(I more or less take it for granted that the N version will be the most deployed edition of the two… Mission-critical deployments rarely have a requirement based in media related technology apart from surveillance. Then again, I know nothing of the usage rights for the edition outside of EU).
[QUOTE=cholla;2759787]I don’t plan to install Windows 10.
So unless MS hacks into my computer & installs W10 anyway I think I’m safe.[/QUOTE]
I actually agree, partly… As long as we do not fall too far behind, why stress what obvously needs to mature a lot!
Still, I do not enjoy the luxury of having a choice for the time being and so I have to fight.