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Windows 10 OEM pricing and release date leaked by online retailer

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Windows 10 may be a free upgrade to eligible customers, but those who aren’t already running a recent version of the operating system will have to pay for it. According to one trusted retailer, OEM pricing will start at $109.99 when the software goes on sale on in August.

Newegg, which published Windows 8 pricing early back in 2012, has made Windows 10 available to pre-order ahead of its official public debut this summer. The $109.99 price tag applies to Windows 10 Home edition, while the Professional option is priced at $149.99.

It’s worth noting that these are OEM (original equipment manufacturer) licenses for computer builders and manufacturers, so prices are likely to be a little different for general consumers.

Assuming those prices are accurate, however, it means Windows 10 will cost $10 more than Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro did when it made its debut. It’s unclear whether there will be a cheaper upgrade option for those running Windows XP.

However, those already running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 won’t have to worry about pricing at all, because for the first year, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade.

Newegg’s listings also say Windows 10 will be available on August 31, which is around a month later than AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Sui promised back in April — but still within Microsoft’s “summer” timeline.

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Killian Bell

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