A day after Microsoft released the latest Windows 10 Preview build to its expansive team of Windows enthusiasts and developers under the Windows Insider program, details about the general availability of Windows 10 and its pricing have leaked.
According to a listing on online retailer Newegg’s website, Windows 10 will be available on sale on August 31st. As per the listing, OEM copies of Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional will cost $105 and $149 respectively. By contrast, 64-bit copies of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro go for $100 and $140 respectively on the same website so while unconfirmed, that is likely the price of Windows 10 when it is finally available to everyone.
As per the listing on Newegg, we also get to know the minimum requirements for Windows 10: a processor clocked at least at 1 GHz, at least 16 GB free space on the hard disk, 2 GB or 1 GB RAM (64-bit and 32-bit respectively), a Microsoft DirectX9 graphics device with WDDM driver and a Microsoft account plus connection to the internet.
Microsoft just recently detailed the various editions of Windows 10 it will be offering but has been mum on the intricate details like specific dates of availability as well as pricing information. Reports indicate that Windows 10 will already have entered RTM phase by late July hence giving some credence to the August 31st general availability leaks.
Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to all Windows 7 and 8.1 users who upgrade during the first year and will bring with it many changes and new features including Microsoft’s new browser, Edge, that replaces the popular Internet Explorer.