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Windows 10 gets official pricing and July launch

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The rumours and leaks were true: Microsoft has confirmed that its next flagship operating system, Windows 10, will launch on Wednesday, July 29.

The operating system will be available in 190 territories globally with existing Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users having one year (i.e. till 29 July 2016) to upgrade to the new operating system.

The current build, 10130, could well be to be the penultimate one with Microsoft likely to launch one or more builds before the final version.

In addition to improving Cortana's interface, the latest build introduced keyboard shortcuts for the Charms bars and new ways to customize the Start menu.


Microsoft stressed the fact that users who update during the promotional period will be able to use Windows 10 at no cost forever (or as the company puts it, for the "supported lifetime of the device").

Microsoft has confirmed that those wanting to download the free Windows 10 upgrade can reserve a free copy in the coming weeks.

For users who are not eligible for Microsoft's upgrade program – those who upgrade outside the first year free offer, or those running a Windows operating system older than Windows 7 – Windows 10 Home will cost $119 (£78, AU$156) and Windows 10 Pro will cost $199 (£131, AU$262) per license, Microsoft confirmed to TechRadar. Windows 10 Home users who want to upgrade to Pro will have to pay an additional $99 (£65, AU$130) for the Windows 10 Pro Pack.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.