Reports of Windows 10 being shipped on USB flash drives has finally been confirmed by Microsoft. Redmond has officially confirmed the news saying “Windows 10 will be available on USB drives for purchase in retail channels shortly after launch.”
“The suggested retail prices for Windows 10 in the U.S. are the same as Windows 8.1”, Microsoft said.
USB versions of Windows 10 Home and 10 Pro have already been spotted listed for pre-order on Amazon for $120 and $200 respectively. A release date has now been tagged for 30 August.
The USB Stick hasn’t appeared on Microsoft’s site or at the company’s retail stores yet, however it’s expected to show up there soon. Using the USB flash drives, users will be able to install the new operating system without the need of a Windows 10 DVD.
Microsoft will release the upcoming OS on July 29. Initially, the OS will be rolled out to the Windows Insiders who have been trying out early versions of the software. Post July 29, Redmond will start notifying those who have already registered for a copy of Windows 10. Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1 users for a year.
The company will start distributing Windows 10 build to manufacturers so they can install it on new machines as well as to retailers all across the world so that they can assist their customers with upgrades of newly purchased devices.
While Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro will be available on July 29, enterprises will be able to download Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education via the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting on August 1.