As Windows 10 is still a ways away, retailers are certainly interested in getting pre-orders going as humanly possible. Official word about the Windows 10 editions have been announced, but onsale dates and pricing have been unleaked. That is until Friday, when Newegg might have goofed.
Late Friday and into the weekend, Windows 10 pricing and on-sale dates for OEM copies of the software popped up on Newegg, one of the web’s biggest OEM partners. The early leaked images and pricing might have jumped the gun, and given users and IT professionals dates they can circle on their calendars.
Two Editions Due 8/31/15
The biggest part of the leaked images, are that Windows 10 will be available in two editions. Windows 10 Home – OEM, and Windows 10 Professional -OEM will be their names. This makes it easier for system builders to purchase the software, but actually are $10 higher than Windows 8 when it came out.
The pricing of the Windows 10 OEM editions is also interesting. Windows 10 Home – OEM is priced at $109.99, while the Windows 10 Professional – OEM is $149.99. This will make it somewhat expensive for system builders to put together systems, but give them the Labor Day holiday to do it now.
Windows 10 Free & Newegg Blunders
Microsoft is still going to be giving away Windows 10 upgrades to qualified users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and that hasn’t changed. System builders though looking to build new hardware, laptops, and desktops generally get OEM software like these. Prices though are around the same as Windows 8 for them.
This isn’t the first time that Newegg has jumped the gun though. Newegg during 2012 also jumped the gun on Windows 8, and released the images and pricing for Windows 8. This has hurt retailers who hold off until official word, but Newegg doesn’t seem to mind. Now, they get the press and interest from system builders earlier.
Windows 10 is near as we can now see. At 4 months, OEM builders get an early crack at it, but at somewhat high prices.