In a first of sorts, Microsoft is planning to sell its Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro software in retail stores in USB drives. German website WinFuture reports that the company will make the latest software upgrade available on flash drives in addition to DVDs on release in retail shops. Also Read - Microsoft sees cloud business growth, but supply chain still tight on Xbox, Surface laptopAlso Read - How to take a screenshot on PC in simple steps
This is essentially for new users and those who use Windows XP or Windows Vista who will have to pay for the upgrade. Users with valid Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 versions are eligible for a free upgrade. The report claims that both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions will be included, and the flash drive will enable install and license only for one computer. Also Read - Best laptops to buy under Rs 45,000 in October 2021: Dell Inspiron 3515, Acer Aspire 5, more
This is of course just a rumor, and Microsoft yet has to officially confirm how it plans to distribute its new OS. Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 10 is launching on PCs and tablets on July 29 and will be priced at $119.99 (approximately Rs 7,500) to consumers who want to install it on a new PC. Windows 10 Professional will cost $199.99 (approximately Rs 12,600).
Windows 10 brings Cortana integration, the new Edge browser, a new Windows Store, Office 2016 suite, and redesigned Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail and Calendar apps among other upgrades. It also brings a new feature called Continuum Mode which is designed to help people who are using 2-in-1 computers.
Microsoft is expecting over a billion devices running on Windows 10 in the next two to three years, with the Windows 10 support for smartphones coming later this year.