Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Home, Professional Priced At $119, $199 Respectively
Well, that’s the last time that we’ll look to Newegg for any insight on pricing for unreleased software. Over the weekend, product listings for Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional showed up on the online retailer's site indicating a release date of August 31. That information turned out to be wrong; the release date is actually July 29. The product listings also showed suggested retail prices of $109.99 and $149.99 respectively. Again, that information is incorrect.
Microsoft today did confirm Windows 10 pricing and for customers that aren’t eligible for a free upgrade, the upgrade to Windows 10 Home will cost $119. If you would prefer to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional, you’re looking at a cost of $199.
Microsoft will also make available a Windows 10 Pro Pack, which will allow customers to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Professional for $99. So take this word of advice; if you aren't eligible for a free upgrade and want Windows 10 Professional, just go ahead and purchase it from the start instead of making a foolhardy pit stop with Windows 10 Home first. It's not so much of value blunder, however, if you receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 Home, then choose to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional.
As for customers that are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10, the promotion will not last forever. The free upgrades will only last for one year exactly, which means that the gravy train ends on July 29, 2016. After that point, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users that haven’t already taken advantage of their free upgrades will have to pay just like everyone else.