Microsoft will officially launch Windows 10 on July 29, but a new report claims that the stand-alone Home and Professional versions of the OS could be sold in retail stores via a new method: USB Flash drives.
WinFuture.de claims, via its sources, that the USB Flash drive versions of Windows 10 Home and Pro will be sold in addition to the old-fashioned method of selling them on DVD discs. The report adds that each USB Flash drive version will allow for the OS to be installed and licensed for use one one PC. In addition, both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the two SKUs will be included on the Flash drive so that users can pick which one they want to install on their PC. Microsoft has yet to confirm how they plan to distribute and sell their stand-alone Windows 10 products.
Microsoft has already confirmed that the Windows 10 Home SKU will be priced at $119.99 to consumers who want to install it on a new PC. Windows 10 Professional will cost $199.99 for the same privilege. Consumers who already have a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC can get an free upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches on July 29.