I know the beta is free but we are looking at a commercial application on the Pi.

Does anyone have a ballpark clue as the licensing cost for Win10 on the Pi?

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    Windows 10 IoT is available for use with the Pi, for free. This is in no way a cut down version of the Windows 10 you'll find on computers and tablets. If your after a desktop UI give Raspbian a look. If you are so concerned about licensing costs I suggest contacting Microsoft and explaining your situation.
    – Darth Vader
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 19:06

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From Microsoft's 'Windows For Business' pages:

There is a SKU ‘Windows 10 IoT Core’ available at no royalty cost for all our device makers that enables automatic OS updates via Windows Update when connected to the internet.


In addition, we also have an OEM exclusive SKU ‘Windows 10 IoT Core Pro’ which provides an ability to defer and control updates. This SKU can be licensed via distributors. Except for the servicing model difference, the features are the same between these two SKUs of Windows 10 IoT Core.

The terms and conditions for Windows IoT Core are available here, behind Option One. That's completely free, including non-deferrable updates.

The terms, conditions and costs of Iot Core Pro are more difficult to get hold of. Microsoft direct you to a distributor list. The home pages of a couple of these do provide 'Get a quote' options but no prices. It looks like you're going to have to talk to an actual human to get more information.

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