Windows 10 prices and launch dates for Home and Pro versions may have leaked

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Microsoft has yet to officially announces prices for its stand-alone versions of Windows 10, but online retailer NewEgg may have revealed the prices and a possible release date for both the Home and Professional SKUs of the operating system.

In newly discovered pre-order listings on NewEgg.com, the site shows a price of $109.99 for Windows 10 Home and $149.99 for Windows 10 Professional. Both listings display a release date of August 31 for the products.

It's more than possible that NewEgg.com has jumped the gun and has listed both these versions of Windows 10 with placeholder prices and release dates. It's not an uncommon practice. That being said, this is a major retailer of PC software and hardware and it's likely they might have some inside information.

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Remember, what's being listed on the site is for the stand-alone versions of Windows 10, made for installing on all-new PCs or ones that run older operating systems like Windows XP and Vista. Microsoft has already announced that consumers with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for the first year after the launch of the OS.

Source: NewEgg (1) (opens in new tab), (2) (opens in new tab); Via: SuperSite for Windows

208 Comments
  • LOL, this had better be a placeholder. If it takes until August 31st for the OS to launch, there will be serious issues.
  • Why issues? The longer time they take to refine the OS the better isn't it? Why the rush anyway?
  • I thought I remember hearing there wasn't going to be a retail version. This just an authorization code?
  • It's free for Windows 7(?)/8/8.1 and for a limited time if I read it right. Anyone who doesn't update in 1 yr, building a new custom PC, has a illegal copy, etcor has XP or older will have to buy.
  • But who wants to buy a Windows 8.1 laptop for $500-1,500 without knowing the quality of the upcoming OS? I'd be annoyed if I bought a laptop, went to college, then got a lemon for W10. Not to say it's what I expect, but I would certainly rethink a PC purchase without the OS available.
  • WTF?!?!? Really?!?!? It's a free upgrade, don't like Windows 10 over 8.1, just use the factory image in the recovery partition to go back to 8.1... Seriosely don't know where the hell you're coming from.
  • Common sense, man...some don't like 8.1 (many, actually, though I'm fine with it), and would want W10 to fix what they don't like with 8.1 (UI, app selection, browser, etc.).
  • Guess you haven't been paying attention than to the developement nor used the tech preview. Windows 10 is way better than 8.1 IMO, but you can't please everyone, so some may be unhappy, especially if they don't learn all the settings. If you use full screen start menu in desktop mode, it's like having the start screen from 8.1 and start menu from 7 in 1 OS. I personally like how even if you have a window open, it shows the desktop background behind the start menu in fullscreen.
  • Except we already know that things are and will be unfinished at launch. You can like what's coming so far, but it says nothing if what the final product will be. We've seen nothing of Xbox Music. Edge functionality is incomplete, such as with add-ons. Commitment from app developers hasn't been that great so far, from a native or recompiled standpoint. You're basically saying people are supposed to put full trust in Microsoft, who is somewhat rebuilding its platform for the third time since 2010, with unfinished sure as the proof.
  • Let me catch you up. XBOX music is now simply Music. XBOX video is now just Video same for TV. Edge is still has work to go yet but we all know that. Don't know where you get your info about what the intent is of developers so I'll assume this point you pulled from your arse as with the rest of your comment. If you are board with MS, are you planning to get Windows 10 anyway or stick with XP? 
  • and how does that change anything? Does windows 7 have xbox music, IE extensions, or app develpers? No it doesn't. you still have x86 apps and almost all of them will work in windows 10. you don't like xbox music then get a third party app yu like. you don't like edge? then use chrome or firefox. since windows 7 doesn't have an app store, any apps that you do like from the store is an extra, The desktop operates pretty much the same as windows 7.  plus from what we've seen pof windpws 8 and 10, you will get an OS that boots faster, uses less resources, and has some nice improvements like mkv/ISO support. i think your worries are exaggerated.
  • Keith Wallace, Let me get this straight, in this thread that YOU started, you first complain that the August release date is to far away and Microsoft will have serious issues by waiting that long, and now your complaining that things will be unfinished at launch..... I dont know why, but i feel like your arguing yourself....lol. I can't be the only one that sees this.  
  • I noticed it too, just decided to leave it alone as Windows 10 will never be a finished product as from what I read. It's supposed to be MS's last OS basically and just contiously evolve from now on out, similar to OSX.
  • Why worry about windows 10 being incomplete so far when it's not due to be released yet for several months? If it was complete today it would be released tomorrow
  • Microsoft has already started that if you upgrade to Windows 10 and don't like it, you can revert back to your previous OS. Windows 10 is completely reversible.
  • common sense would be that if you don't like windows 8 or 10, you can still bet windows 7. you can get a win 7 license pretty cheap. common sense would also dictate that if you are buying a new pc, your choices are a windows machine or a mac. what happens with windows 10 won't effect your buying decision much. if you are buying between $500-$1000, your only option is a windows machine. you have linux, but most people won't consider that no matter what happens with windows.
  • It not to hard to do a little research and find about windows 10.
    When buying a PC with the intent of using win 10
  • You realize if someone buys a laptop and enjoys 8.1, they don't /have/ to upgrade to 10, right? I mean, plenty of people held out on XP during Vista, and on 7 during 8, so no one is forced to upgrade.
  • As I said in the first place, the problem is that people want W10 to fix issues they have with 8.1. They're not wanting 8.1 as a long-term OS, given things like a so-so app marketplace and poor music management built-in.
  • All of what you said is just your opinion. Many people do like 8.1 and hate how they moved the tiles in 10, opinion.
  • I love 8.1 and will not move to 10 until I have seen it fully working.
  • People are still choosing Windows 7 over 8(.1). Until very recently we sold a laptop model that had the choice of 7 or 8. Probably at least half of our customers who bought it chose to have Windows 7 installed. And that's in spite of us telling them something like, "You know how XP became unsupported a year ago? Windows 7 will be there in 5 years." Even though it's not likely they'll have the laptop much past 2020, they normally expect it to last a long time at the time of purchase.
  • Yeah, fear of change... A lot of people are still using XP. I finally got my roommate to upgrade to 7 when I gave them my old PC, because it didn't have XP drivers and now she loves 7 after being "forced" to upgrade.
  •      It's funny you mention this, because I'm in the market for a new laptop, hell even a used laptop I can fix up would work. Guess what, I don't have to worry about this self imposed imaginary problem of yours because when I purchase a laptop it will have the latest "real" version of windows on it, Windows 7. I pity the fool that has to worry about the things you worry about.
  • Well if it was performance or size issues.... then you would have heard screaming from one of the 2 million w10 beta testers. I have a 5yr old PC and it works on this fine? If you have a question ask but FUD is not helpful.    
  • You can still keep the full start screen. There's no reason to have 8.1
  • Charms Bar and no Menu lists are two reasons for starters.
  • In 8.1, you have a clean desktop and a clean Modern UI.  You can switch betwenn the two instantly as needed.  In 10, you got a mixed bag Start menu.  Now they have even removed the Full Screen button for strange reasons which only introduce inconvenience.  You have to go to Settings to make a change.  Strange.
  • No you don't, change to tablet mode, the full screen start menu is almost exactly the same thing as the start screen was. Just merged to unifiy the whole OS. 8.1 felt like 2 seperate OSes. 10 does everything 8.1 did while feeling like 1 coherent OS. When I had 8.1 installed on my desktop, I never used apps or even looked at the Start Screen except for the first day I installed it. I immediately got a program called StartIsBack to bring the Start Menu back. Now that I have Windows 10, I actually pay attention to my Live Tiles and use the apps, because they are always there. Not hidden in another part of the OS.
  • You could always not upgrade until you know. Windows 8.1 is a great OS, so you can always buy a PC and use that for up to a year after 10 release and take your time to decide on the free update.
  • They won't have the OS ready for back-to-school sales. That's a problem, missing a major PC shopping holiday.
  • Um, August is Back-to-School...
  • Grad school starts mid-August for me. This is essentially September.
  • Yeah, back to school is still August and if it releases in August, still just in time. You arguement is weak at best.
  • So buy a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC and upgrade to 10 when it is released. Duh.
  • Lol that's what I'm saying. The guy who said MS is missing anything is ignoring facts.
  • When did back to school become a holiday?
  • Apparently in the US it's a big deal.
  • Its what some people outside the US may believe but trust me, its no holiday of any sort. Never has been.
  • @Keth Wallace You are whining too much buddy. It's an OS update, not an amendment to the constitution.
  • I mean its a tech blog. Can't blame him for being passionate about it
  • This article is only about retail box copies, the release date for OEM preinstalls and free upgrades has not been announced yet and will be before this.
  • RTM july, PCs shipping with it mid-aug. This article is just about the standalone retail versions.
  • Because some of us are only holding back on pulling the trigger on a macbook to see what teh Final release OS performs like (because we aren't putting a Beta on a machine we use to get stuff done on), and waiting until September...  Well, that's just a bit long to wait when you've already finished budgeting and saving for a new Notebook. I honestly don't think I can wait that long.  First it was june, then July, now - basically - September. Keep in mind,  until then, we still have to suffer through Windows 8.1's Frankenstein User Experience.
  • More than likely just a placeholder but it does make sense that the store version wouldn't release until August due to manufacturing times etc. Etc. After RTM is released. Plus, most users will be downloading it through windows update anyways as the majority of users run win7 or win8/8.1.
  • The majority of old customers, sure, but not students wanting be computers for college. That's the crowd Microsoft needs W10 to reach.
  • Those who are wanting new computers for back to school will already have Win10 installed on said new computer by Release to Manufacturing (installed by the computer manufacturer) That is, if it is true that they are releasing RTM in July. If they buy a new computer earlier than August, then it will have Win8.1 installed and they will receive the free upgrade via Windows Update. Either way, they will have Win10 before or very close to back to school time. The August 31st date in the article is just for hard copy DVD versions.
  • Grad school? You don't write like someone that's been to any college. "but not students wanting be computers for college"? "As I said in the first place, the problem is that people want W10 to fix issues they have with 8.1. They're not wanting 8.1 as a long-term OS, given things like a so-so app marketplace and poor music management built-in" Grad school?  I doubt that. But on the interwebs, you can be whatever you want.
  • LOL good catch!
  • LMAO :D
  • It goes RTM first in June/July to OEMs. They do their testing before launch. August sounds about right to give OEMs 1-2 months to find any left over bugs or pass along drivers back to MS to be included in the disc so the drivers install on OS installation instead of having half your hardware not working afterwards..
  • BTW... does anyone know where to donwload Build 10130 Build ISO? i already set my update to "fast ting" but its downloading so slow its 1% per 5 min. found a torrent by a comment here but its donwloading slower than its uploading (i dont know what it sent to be 300KB/s with the download 100KB/s) please? i'm in build 10074 and its buggy on me.
  • I think you should update to 10122 through windows update, then update to 10130 through windows update
  • Make sure your set to "Fast" and manually check for new updates. I just did it on my new tablet and had it on 10130 in a couple hours.
  • why would it cause issues being released to public at the end of august, just seems like a silly remark to be made.    
  • This is only for the retail/OEM versions. RTM and retail/OEM have pretty much always been separated by about a 3 month span. Frankly, I don't see the issue, since hardly anyone buys Windows anyways.
  • You might as well hold up a sign saying "I am an amateur."   I expect PC enthusiasts are the largest group represented of individuals buying either retail or OEM versions of Windows.    I've not bought an OEM desktop since I bought a floor model IBM 486 from Target when I was in my twenties (I'm in my fifties now). So personally, if you buy an OEM desktop, I'm not sure I really care about your opinion.
  • Such an amazing display of arrogance and ignorance! No, actually. The largest group of people that buy Windows OEM is small PC manufacturors. PC enthusiests should always buy the retail version that way you can reactivate it when you change the hardware. So I'm honestly not sure what you're so outraged about tbh. I buy the retail version of Windows for my gaming PC, but I recognize that the majority do not.  
  • Oh, you are super imprecise.   I stated "I expect PC enthusiasts are the largest group represented of individuals buying either retail or OEM versions of Windows."     Note that I specified individuals rather than OEM's.    So while companies are certainly made up of people, the common usage would be to make a distinction between consumers and manufacturers as I did, and as you have blurred. If you are on a site like Windows Central and you make a statement like "hardly anyone buys Windows anymore" you might expect blow back given as I stated, enthusiasts are likely the largest group of individuals buying Windows.    If you state the majority of consumers do not buy windows separately from their PC purchase then I would not have responded.
  • Issues like a stable, not rushed operating system?
  • this isn't about rtm
  • Feedback and comts to Microsoft: 1. We hate Tiles 1A. We love those LIVE tiles, its so cool and different 2. We hate Full size Start screen  2B. We love the full size start screen that we can customize to our needs and liking. Old start was limited and boring. its our top request for Win10 3. We want Win10 to look and perform just like Win7, but called a different name. if its not exactly like Win7, we will not install it, we will just stay with Win7. screw you MS. CrApple iOS and OSX never does that. Every new OS, is the same as last one, with no improvments.  3C. Do not make Win10 like Win7 in any ways whatsoever. We do not live in 80's or 90's anymore. technology has advanced, so should the OS. Please keep adding more featuers and options.  4. We want Win10 to look at perform just like Win XP with different name even though its 20 yrs old.  4D. Do not make Win10 anything like XP whatsoever, we live in 2015 not 90's 5. We hate the Charm Bar, worst thing ever. 5E. We love the Charm Bar, it was the best thing ever, and it is one of the top request in Win10 feedback, along with our full size Start screen, Do not take those away.  6. We want everything for Free from you MS, we dont care if we pay CrApple every dime we make, for whatever they ask for, but never you MS.  6F. Thank you MS for giving Win10, that 1000s of your employees are spending countless hours trying to make it so awesome for everyone to enjoy for ""FREE"" for ever. We know good things come to those who wait, and we know rushing things, usually will have problems and issues. We can clearly see that MS is really trying to make Win10 the best OS in the world again at the final version, to make those cry babies shut their months once and for all, by giving us so many great features and Options, and tons of customization to make everyone happy. 7. We know MS is up to no good, they say is free, but we know they will charge us later. Again, all our money is ONLY for CrApple, NOT for YOU MS. Free is not good enough. we just spent $17,000 of gold plated CrApple watch with no complains even i have to charge it every 4 hrs, and its not waterproof, or works on my tatoos, you CrApple's update that broke my watch for good,...................we dont care about that. We have no moeny to give you MS. If you could only be more giving as CrApple.   7G. that's awesome MS, that you are spending millions of dollars, by paying all those engineers and staff, to create an OS so freaking amazing, unlike anything like it in this world, for FREE to billions of people all around the world. We appreciate your unbelievable Win10 OS for FREE. Thank you. 8. We hate you MS, no matter how awesome and inventive you are. We love CrApple now, even though they constantly copy from you and others. 8H. We love you MS. Thank you for amazing products and services you have provided to billions of people all around the world. We thank you for helping charities and foundations to find cure, helping disabled people, helping doctors and surgeons, kids with cancer,...... with you amazing technology and support.  9. We hate square tiles 9I. We love square and rectandular shape LIVE tiles that comes in different sizes, that we can select. We also like the fact that we can catogorize them, so we can find them so quickly, and remove those that we dont use often.  10. Win8/8.1 is the worst OS ever, how can we play games in tile screen with square things in it? 10J. Win8/8.1 is AWESOME and we love everything about it. its like having 2 OS for touch, and no touch PC's in one OS. Your """DESKTOP""" screen is no different than Win7, Vista, XP.......... with the same IE we are use to and know, and touch friendly IE if we chose to use it. Our games work so much faster and way better with Direct X11 on Win8/8.1. We can even play on multi monitors with only 1 click, with Win8/8.1 multi monitors viewing. We know Win10 with directX 12 is going to be even Way better.  11. it takes so many clicks to power off, sleep, restart on Win8/8.1, our fingers can't Handel it. its so stupid. Windows sucks. What were MS thinking when they put the power button on top of the screen, instaed of buttom. what is wrong with you people? 11K. We LOVE how we can access so many things on Win8/8.1 so much faster with only 1 or 2 clicks on Win8/8.1 that took us way more on Win7, XP, Vista,.... by that great short cut, called """""""""""WINDOWS POWER MENU"""""""""""""(Win Key+X, or RIGHT click on the Start button,.......). This menu offers way more quick access options, to so many things with 1 or 2 clicks, that would take 5 or more with other OS's. We also see it in Win10, and we thank you for it. Also, in that Menu, we can access power, sleep, restart on the buttom of the page as well. We can also, creat a power button very easily in task manager, Start screen, Desktop, so we can power off with just 1 click if we wish to do so. Thanks for offering many ways to access so many things.  12. We can't believe you giving us all these build OS's for us to try out, so my computer can crash, and not function correctly. you are stupid, we are going to get a CrApple OSX MaCrap devices that is finalized and works, and pay $$$$$$$$$ whatever they ask for. We might even pay them more. 12L. Thank you MS for letting us get a feel for your upcoming Win10 OS, by giving us access to different build versions for FREE, even though we know, its NOT the full version and it may have issues and problems, as you have mentioned it over and over, that is NOT a final version, its still in developments and testing stages. We know, most of these issues we are experiencing will be gone, on the final version. Thats why is called TEST Version, NOT final version. We will continue to provide you with feedback, to improve it, for the final version.  well you guys get the idea. So many BoooHoooos and Whining going on here. You guys want to complain, why don't you complain about the most overrated, Hyped-Up, stupid priced, 4 years behind technology,...................CrApple devices. Does CrApple let you iSHEEP test their freaking junk prods, before releasing them???? Does CrApple gives the rat's ass, what you want or don't want????? Do you iSHEEP have any say so on anything CrApple's related????????? Does CrApple gives you anything for FREE, or do they charge you with some stupid price, so you think its so special???? WAKE UP people, stop whining so much. Appreciate what MS is doing for you people, that no other comp is doing for its customers.   
  • Great comment
  • LOL :)
  • LOL, there will always be complainers. I love what Win 10 offers and look forward to the next few months.
  • Why your long ass comment is in black border?
  • That black border is called a screen bezel
  • I was wondering the same. I didn't give a shit about his tl;dr comment... But, that black background...
  • Why? Don't think so...
  • Darn right there will be issues. Do the math... if, IF, 8/31 (end of Summer, i.e., last minute), then what of Windows 10 Mobile? "Sometimes later" as in Christmas? Then what phones by Spring '16? And then will will we see those phones in the US?  Think about it. The 640XL was announced 5 months ago and we still ain seen it. And the 640 itself is only available locked on Cricket. Most carriers won't until the end of June... If... still up in the air. Long story short, if these dates are right, and past is prologue (and it usually is), then here in the US we will see new flag ships about a year from now. TWO AND ONE HALF FRIGGEN YEARS AFTER THE LAST ONE.... ARE FRIGGEN KIDDING ME!!!  
  • ha ha ha folks some of you folks are making me laugh at your comments fights. All I can say To Microsoft is get a stable version out there and add the new features when they WORK WELL  enough for people to use them. Let's get it ON NOW. US Windows 10 tech Preview users will get a treat we will get the RTM version to evaluate in july or early August. YEAH  We get free operationg system on our computer but with a catch ! We will probably be the first Folks to beta test some of the new features Windows 10 will get after it RTM'S and is sold as installation DVD's to the folks who stil use Windows Melenium, XP and Vista. unfortunatly they have to pay for Windows 10. that's life and sometimes it stinks  
  • Wow Ok now this my just be the biggest news of the day here
  • Shut up and take my money!
  • It's free
  • Not to everyone
  • For most people, for consumers, it's free. Unless he/she is an enterprise customer
  • That's gr8!!!
  • A 7/10 for you guys when CEOs have said late July? What's the WC justification for believing this to be more true, than not (six and above)?
    I think this is too late as it misses back to school... Though with continuous updates, a focus on laptops now, more focus on tablets for Christmas time with a new update...PS, didn't make that up. Lol.
  • You do have to keep in mind that this is a "hard copy" version too. Not the downloadable version. Lol.
  • RTM is completely different than a public launch. It will most likely RTM in July for back to school says and hit shelves as physical standalone copies later in August. I'm hoping these are placeholder prices and not actual prices. If they want to move the consumer users of xp and vista than it has to be pretty damn cheap for a limited time imo.
  • RTM has been reported as late July. RTM and being able to actually buy a copy is not the same thing.
  • July is RTM (Release to Manufacture) this is the date MS gives final copies to Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc so they can start building configs for systems they will sell on release date.
  • RTM, yes, thought one company already announced hard date for a WX laptop that was late July... But that is coming real quick either way...
  • Back to school hardware will generally have OS installed, so WIN10 will be free. By that time you get WIN8.1 and go straight to WIN10 RTM through insider program.. no big deal.
  • But would you buy an 8.1 laptop that did not have the capabilities of Windows Hello?
  • Why should anyone care about Windows Hello?
  • And windows 7 ultimate costs like $180 lol
  • Wut? Even in my country it costs 80$. W 8.1 pro is 180$.
  • Costs around 100$ in my country The 8.1 pro costs around 150$
  • It's free for my Windows 8.1 pc and tablet. Anyone with Windows 7/8.1 Make sure you take advantage of it before it's too late.
  • We already knew it was coming out in Aug for PC, we just didnt have a date so either this is the date or it is just a worse case placeholder that will get updated soon. My bet is on this is the actual date.
  • That's way too expensive
  • I agree, if Microsoft wants to increase accessibility, they should lower the price. Sell more copies and get closer to a billion Windows 10 users.
  • They will have a billion WIN10 installs in three years easy, just on hardware sales alone around 800million or so.
  • they did lower the price. it's free for the first year. if you are to stupid to run the update within 12 minths, than you will pay up. You should have a good idea about the quality of the OS within 6 months. If you like the OS and miss the deadline, that is on you.As the saying goes a fool and his money are soon parted.
  • "if you are stupid not to run the update within the first year" Who says someone has to be stupid? They could be a business that has a policy to wait 2 years to make sure it's stable. Or they could be someone who really needs the placeholders and is waiting for Microsoft to put their new system in. You're acting like the only reason you're not going to update on day 1 is if you're stupid. When, tbh, updating on day 1 seems like the stupid thing to do from a business standpoint.
  • Its not even the fucking official price. Get it the fuck together people.
  • Lower the price, like making it free for a year for anyone on Windows 7/8/8.1?
  • Pricing for the OS is fine IMO, why is it too expensive? Compared to what?
  • Compared to every other OS out there. Its also more expensive than Windows 8.
  • How much does Mac OS X Yosemite cost retail/OEM?
  • Mac OS is for Apple devices only. What's the meaning of OEM's here. And btw they get most of their OS X upgrades for free.
  • I know. The more I think about my earlier comment, the dumber it sounded vs trying to get him to think about my original point that you cannot even buy the latest version of Mac OS separately (that I could find with just checking one site quickly). Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • OS X is the cost of a new Mac laptop or PC, case you really have to buy the hardware...and another thing they don't have Microsoft service apps so that's another $200 for Office for Macs.
  • Office for Mac is included in Office 365. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Office isn't free for Windows either.  You either need to buy it or get a Subscription.  Macs can utilize an Office Subscription, and the version of Office for Mac is like $139 not $200.  You're talking about the Business version with Outlook and no one would actually pay for that unless they needed it for business use (in which case they'll likely get it from their work, for free or $10 through that MS program).   A PC Operating system is useless without a PC to run on.  You can buy Windows from teh store but without a PC what are you going to run it on.  Yes, you need a Mac to run OS X, but the price of OS X upgrades is 0 so there is no ongoing investment in keep the OS on the device up to date over hte life of the device, as was the case with Windows. Some of us had PCs that went from XP (late Model Dual Core 64-Bit machines) to Vista to 7 to 8 (yes, that many upgrades) and everytime we upgraded we had to pay the upgrade cost.  That was about $100 for each version until Windows 7, and $49 for Windows 8 if you got it early like "enthusiasts" did. That's $250+ in OS updates added to the cost of the machine. In the same timespan, Mac users were paying like $29 for OS upgrades, and eventually Apple simply dropped the price altogether. A home user who buys a Mac is 9/10x going to use iWork over Office, since it does more than enough for them and it comes witih better support than Office does in the consumer market.  You would not believe the amount of people I seen (even College-Aged) at the Apple Store taking a Workshop on iWorks when I was there some months ago. In any case, I think the Macs are worth their cost compared to most PCs in the same class.  The keyboards, the Mice, the Touchpads, the Screens, the Web Cams, the Speakers/Microphone, etc. are all better than those "cheaper, but comparable" Windows Notebooks/AIO on the market. Buying a Mac isn't just about getting OS X (which, IMO, isn't much differentn than Windows, and Windows vs. OS X isn't really a legit reason to buy one over the other - in isolation), it's about getting superior hardware, premium build quality, and probably one of the best support/warranty combinations in the industry. Apple has their own services and cross-formfactor integrations which equally obsolete Windows from people's workflow once they start buying Apple devices, so I don't know why this is even a consideration. Office, OneDrive, OneNote are all available on Mac.  Office 2016 will be available on Mac with near Feature Parity with the Windows Version - at least in the Big 3 Apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).  Skype is available for Mac. Mac users won't care about Xbox apps and anything related as they likely get all of their media from iTunes, anyways. Mac users who aren't using Microsoft software for work reasons on thier Macs likely won't even bother installing any of Microsoft's software, or using any of their services.  They'll just