Microsoft pitches free help for Windows 7-to-Windows 10 upgraders

Microsoft on Monday touted the assistance it will give organizations transitioning from the soon-to-be-expired Windows 7 to its successor, Windows 10.

Dubbed “FastTrack Center Benefit,” aka just FastTrack, the assistance comes free of charge with the purchase of at least 150 licenses for one of the eligible subscription plans or service. Not surprisingly, those subscriptions include Office 365 as well as Microsoft’s current emphasis, Microsoft 365 (M365), the priciest line, which bundles Office, Windows 10 and a plethora of management and security tools into one über-sub.

(Microsoft lists the FastTrack-eligible subscription plans and stand-alone services here.)

“With FastTrack, we help you to envision a technical plan, determine how to onboard and deploy new services and/or users, and work with you as you deploy,” wrote Bob Davis, the executive who leads the M365 group.

FastTrack is not new. The label and its benefits – help in deploying a service or subscription – goes back years. Nor is this the first time Microsoft has trumpeted FastTrack in a Windows 7-to-Windows 10 context. Earlier this year, for instance, Microsoft took FastTrack’s newest component, Desktop App Assure, global.

App Assure is a guarantee that Microsoft’s engineers will work with a customer to ensure a desktop application that ran under Windows 7 continued to run on Windows 10.

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