Every new launch is always plagued by leaks, but some are more trustworthy than others. Well-known e-tailer Newegg has released the pricing and launch date details for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Both Windows 10 Home and Professional will launch on August 31st, 2015 with pre-orders starting now. Pricing is set to be $109.99 for the Home version while Professional will cost $40 more at $149.99. These prices are in USD and it’s important to note that the Canadian version of Newegg does not yet have any listings for Windows 10.
While it’s been known that Windows 10 has been set for release later this year, the exact dates have never been confirmed. With a late Summer launch, Microsoft can count on devices reaching consumers in time for the holiday season later in the year; giving plenty of time for OEMs to start marketing Windows 10 before hand. On the other hand, it does mean that Microsoft will just miss the back to school season. Even with the holiday sales though, analysts expect PC sales to continue to fall in the short term before stabilizing in 2016.
If newegg’s information is correct, AMD ‘s previous report for DX12 and Windows 10 to launch in July appears to be unfounded. It maybe that Redmond is taking more time to polish the OS and prepare it for release, something that couldn’t be done in time for July. The July dates did make sense from a business standpoint, but it’s better for Microsoft to release something completed than rush something out.
As a final note, it’s important to remember that OEM licenses may not be reflective of retail box prices, online purchases or volume licensing. It’s unfortunate that the prices were not sub $100 as well. No doubt though, many users will be upgrading to Windows 10 for free. As the summer approaches more leaks are likely to happen so stay tuned!