Microsoft has confirmed pricing for retail copies of Windows 10, for those who are not eligible for the free upgrade offer it will be running for a year post-launch next month, while its OEM customers have begun discussing the switch from Windows 8.1.
Due to launch on the 29th of July, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to anyone currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. For those running older operating systems, switching from a third-party platform, or building a new rig, there's no such offer and retail copies will be required - but Microsoft has thus far been silent on exactly how much that is likely to cost.
The company has now broken its silence, issuing a statement to Neowin
which confirms US estimated retail pricing for the two retail releases: $119 for Windows 10 Home, and $199 for Windows 10 Pro. The company also confirmed that there will be a Windows 10 Pro Pack, which upgrades a Windows 10 Home installation - received pre-loaded on a new computer, for instance - to Windows 10 Pro at a price of $99, in-store and online.
Meanwhile, Microsoft's OEM customers have begun discussing their own plans for the operating system. Dell has told ITworld
that it will replace Windows 8.1 with Windows 10 on the 29th of July, the same time as the general launch, while anyone who has purchased a Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 PC prior to this will naturally be eligible for the free upgrade offer run by Microsoft. HP's Mike Nash, meanwhile, has described
the company's entire 2015 product line 'to be ready for Windows 10,
' while admitting that 'we didn't know exactly when Windows 10 would ship.
Other companies are less forthcoming about their plans for the new operating system, keeping quiet about when they will begin pre-loading the new platform on their devices likely in an attempt to prevent loss of immediate sales as customers choose to wait rather than have to upgrade the software themselves.