Microsoft has announced the final pricing details for Windows 10 ahead of the operating system’s launch on July 29th, worldwide. The software giant is remaining steadfast in its pricing scheme, selling the Windows 10 Home Edition for $119, and the Windows 10 Professional Edition for a slightly heftier $199 price tag.
For those of us currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 this news won't matter one jot; Windows 10 will be a free upgrade as long it’s claimed within the first year of its release. If you haven’t got a legal copy of Windows 7 or 8.1, or you’re still rocking Windows Vista, then you’ll have to hand over the cash for those Windows 10-exclusive features, including DirectX 12 support.
Microsoft’s previous chatter had suggested it was looking at alternate pricing schemes, such as subscription-based models, but it seems these are yet to materialise. Competitors such as Android and Mac OS X are now totally free, but Microsoft’s not playing ball just yet.
If you’re thinking of picking up Windows 10, you can grab the Windows 10 Home Edition for $119, and then pay an extra $99 for the Microsoft Pro upgrade if you want the extra features.
Check out the diagram below to find out which version of Windows 10 you’re eligible for.
Are you surprised Microsoft is still charging a premium for its upcoming operating system? Have you reserved your copy yet?