Windows 10 has widely been available to developers and testers via the Windows Insider program, and that has required sizeable downloads for the software. As the launch date approaches, retail packages and downloads will be available, but also it will be available on USB for the first time.
The news about Windows 10 being available on USB is a big thing for Windows, and should make it available at a number of new establishments beyond the computer sector. Microsoft confirmed the news on Thursday, and announced the availability at retail stores and Amazon.com.
Preorder Pages Up
On Thursday, preorder pages popped up on Amazon, with Windows 10 available on USB. The prices for WIndows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro for $119.99 and $199.99 were a surprise to many. Microsoft confirmed this availability shortly after launch, with prices inline for the DVD product.
Microsoft is looking to initially sell these Windows 10 USB sticks via Amazon at first, and not through other retail channels like Best Buy and others at first. Then shortly thereafter, the other retail channels like Best Buy and the Microsoft Store will have them available to purchase.
Why On USB?
The availability of Windows 10 on USB has many confused, but pleases many hardcore fans at the same time. Easily, the portability of Windows 10 on a pre-made USB stick will make it easy to install and get going. It will also save users from a large download and save them hours there.
But, at the same time, many wonder if the DVD medium is dead for Microsoft at the retail level. The digital version will be available at launch, and many don’t buy software on DVD anymore. By making a USB version available, it takes up less shelf space, and can give Microsoft retail channels to sell it at.
Windows 10 on a USB is a cool idea. I’ll pre-order it now, and see when it arrives here in the US.