If I am going to consult I can save customers money by using the pro version.
I never said it would save money, per se. Although it might. Depending on how the per user enterprise licensing actually works out when it comes to VMs, desktops, laptops etc.
From what I read here from slashdotters the pro version has no GPO support whatsoever, all commercials that take up full screen ads, all updates forced with no settings, etc. I have news? I own 10 pro! I see nothing of the sorts other than tinfoil hats getting +5s.
I own it too, several copies (6+ at least in my household). I never said it didn't support GPOs or anything. And you are right, so far other than telemetry and some issues with updates, all the nonsense can be turned off. But I'm tired of rebooting my PC after a big update having to find some new crap that needs to be turned off on all my computers.
Out-of-the box my start menu was full of crud, it wanted me to sign up for a microsoft account, and cortanta wanted to shove msn celebrity news gossip down my throat, and suggest app store apps... when I was searching for files on my local computer. Ok, no problem, I turned all that crap off and every single personalization/advertising/privacy sucking setting I could find -- all 2 pages worth on the settings off, off, off, off, off.... and I installed spybot anti-telemetry to deal with the one item MS wasn't giving me the proper option for. I am mostly fine with automatic updates, so those weren't a deal breaker for me. And then I was happy with the desktop... a nice incremental upgrade over 7 with some cool features like hyperV and desktop workspaces etc.
Then a month later, another update, I come downstairs to find my lock screen is a full screen ad for some nonsense. So now I turn that off on all my computers. Then a month later, another update, and I click the windows logo and "Get Facebook - featured app!" has been added to my start menu. So now I have turn that off this new "Suggest featured apps to me on my startmenu" setting on all my computers.
The anniversary update likewise botched a few things -- reset Edge back to the default, and put the app store icon back on my taskbar. (Although the edge thing sounds like a bug... or at least that's their story...)
My complaint isn't that i can't turn this adware stuff off, because I can (so far). My complaint is that its being pushed on me turned on in the first place. And my understanding has been that enterprise customers are getting treated better and that these adware updates aren't being defaulted on for them. So they don't have to waste their time fixing this crap that NOBODY wants. And longer term there seems to be a pattern emerging, and coupled with the 'Windows 10 is the last version' and 'all future upgrades will be free....' I think it's reasonable to be suspicious that the consumer platform is steadily heading towards 'ad supported', so I'm looking at the enterprise platform where I'm still the customer. Maybe its not time to cut over from pro to enterprise just yet... but 2, 3, 4, 5 years from now? It seems pretty plausible to me.