Windows 10 to be sold on USB Drives, Microsoft confirms as the drives go up for pre-order on Amazon
Microsoft is changing several things in Windows 10, and it appears that it also has some changes in the way it wants to sell the new operating system.
Earlier this week, the Redmond Company released Windows 10 Build 10240, for the Fast Ring and Slow Ring members of the Windows Insider Program.
This version is touted as the RTM Build of Windows 10, and that it has been sent out to manufactures like Dell, HP, etc, to be pre-installed on new PCs which will be sold beginning July 29th .
Microsoft has been pretty busy promoting the free upgrade offer which allows Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users with Genuine licenses to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. But Microsoft is yet to announce details about the new copies of Windows 10 including the pricing of the various editions of Windows 10.
But that changed today, when Microsoft revealed to VentureBeat, that it would be selling Windows 10 on USB Drives.
This is what the Microsoft representative told VB:
“Windows 10 will be available on USB drives for purchase in retail channels shortly after launch. The suggested retail prices for Windows 10 in the U.S. are the same as Windows 8.1.”
Microsoft is already taking pre-orders for Windows 10 on Amazon.com. Windows 10 Home has been priced at $119.99 , while Windows 10 Pro retails for $199.99.
But it appears that the Windows 10 USB Drives will not ship on launch day. The Amazon listing says that “This item will be released on August 30, 2015.”
The reason for this delay is unknown, and it is also unclear if this only applies to Amazon. Microsoft is sure to sell the USB drives on its own stores, and also via other offline brick-and-mortar stores as well.
We do not know yet if Windows 10 will come in DVDs, and I think it is unlikely, because many computers, especially laptops, do not even have a DVD Drive. So, it makes sense to only sell them in USB drives. Microsoft is also likely to sell Digital Copies of Windows 10.
Interestingly, the Amazon listing also promotes the free upgrade to Windows 10, and also links to another page, which details how users can reserve their free upgrade using the GWX app (Get Windows 10 app). It also states that users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 on launch day. This is expected to be rolled out in phases.
Microsoft is targeting around 1 Billion computers to run on Windows 10, in the next couple of years. It already has over 5 Million users, who are running Preview Builds of the operating system.