Microsoft finally revealed the pricing of its forthcoming Windows 10 for the UK and European markets in an update to their ‘Get Windows 10’ app, which suggests that users in the UK will have to pay £99.99 for the stand-alone version of Windows 10 Home, while its Eurozone price will be €135. However, the pricing of the Windows 10 Pro in those regions have not yet been confirmed. The ‘Get Windows 10’ app is available to users who have a genuine copy of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installed on their computers.
Earlier, Microsoft confirmed Windows 10 pricing in the US with Windows 10 Home to be priced at $119, while the Pro version was revealed to be priced at $199. Users in the United States who have Windows 10 Home and wish to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro will have to shell out an extra $99. Readers, however, should take due note of the fact that Microsoft hasn’t yet finalized on these prices and says these are the “estimated retail price of Windows 10 Home license; actual prices may vary.”
Meanwhile, the pricing of Windows 10 in markets other than the US, UK, and Europe are yet to be disclosed, though we can expect it to be priced within the same bracket as that of Windows 8.1.
The Windows maker is banking heavily upon the success of its forthcoming Windows 10, as the company is taking due note of the feedback it received from testers of the Windows Insider Program. The biggest appeal for Windows loyal users would be the return of the iconic Start menu in Windows 10, which was surprisingly killed by Microsoft with the advent of Windows 8.
The forthcoming OS is expected to get a slew of new features, the most being the new Microsoft Edge browser, Halo inspired digital voice assistant Cortana, news ways to multitask along with a feature called Continuum, which can automatically adapt itself to the user experience of a tablet or notebook, built specifically for hybrid convertibles.
Windows 10 for desktops is all set for a release worldwide on July 29. The forthcoming OS will be offered as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users only for the first year, while members of the Insider Preview program are also entitled to a free upgrade, which seems to be the case as of now unless Microsoft comes up with some other plan.
Meanwhile earlier today, Microsoft officially confirmed the release of its flagship productivity suite of Office apps for Android, which is now live on the Play store.