It looks like some of the mystery surrounding when Windows 10 will be available may be starting to unravel, with the pricing structure for the latest version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system potentially out in the wild also. The news doesn’t come from an expertly crafted press release and there was no fanfare to speak of either, and that’s for one very good reason: we’re not supposed to know yet.
The reason we do know, or at least think that we do, is that U.S. retailer Newegg appears to have accidentally outed Windows 10’s release date and indeed its price after a product page for the software went live. It’s a fairly safe assumption that this information isn’t supposed to be public just yet, but these things do have a tendency to happen.
Assuming Newegg’s information is indeed accurate then it would seem that Windows 10 will be available to OEMs – Original Equipment Manufacturers – come August 31st, with both Home and Professional versions going on sale at that time. Those looking to buy the former will need to hand over $109 in order to get their copy, while Windows 10 Professional will set buyers back $149. It’s worth reiterating that these prices are for the OEM version of Windows 10 though, so it’s likely that full retail boxed copies will see different prices come launch day.
After Microsoft said in March that a Windows 10 release was due some time in the summer, the company has been quiet about anything a little more specific. and it’s important to note at this juncture that Newegg does have form for being a little premature with release dates after a similar situation saw its Windows 8 launch date turn out to be incorrect.
With that caveat in mind we urge caution as far as these details are concerned, but in the absence of hard dates and prices from Microsoft, this is as good as it gets for now. Hopefully Microsoft will put us out of our misery soon enough.