Windows 10 will launch on July 29 for users across the world and Microsoft will sell the Home version for $119.99 and the Pro version for $199.99 in the United States, but it turns out that the company is considering an extra charge for those who want to buy the new operating system on a USB flash drive.
Yesterday, it emerged that in addition to the traditional DVD disk that allows you to install Windows 10 on your computer the old-fashioned way, Microsoft would also launch Windows 10 on USB flash drives, which obviously makes it install faster and eliminates the risk of scratches that could damage the DVD over the years.
And according to rumors swirling around the web in the last 24 hours, Microsoft might be charging more for these USB drives, probably because of the additional production costs that are involved.
Microsoft is said to be planning a $25 price increase in the United States for the USB stick version of Windows 10, so in case you want to buy the Home version, you might have to pay $145, while the Pro package will cost $240. European Windows 10 pricing will obviously vary by market.
The Windows 10 USB flash drive not only helps install the operating system faster but it also comes in handy for owners of laptops and tablets without an optical drive.
The number of such devices is on the rise given the fact that most manufacturers are struggling to make their devices thinner and offer them with batteries that can last longer, and because Microsoft is looking to bring Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2017, making the new OS available for absolutely everyone is part of their mission.
Windows 10 will debut on July 29 and will be offered as a free upgrade for those running genuine Windows 7 or 8.1 on their computers if this upgrade is performed during the first 12 months after launch.
Remember that this is just a rumor for the time being and shouldn't be taken as granted. We've reached out to Microsoft and will update the post should we receive an answer.