Windows 10, which will be launched on July 29 officially, will make inroads into the UK and Europe with a price tag of £99, and €135 in Eurozone. Windows 10 Home will cost $119 in the US, before taxes. Going by this rate, it should be available in India at around Rs.10,000 but there is no official confirmation on India price yet.
The European pricing was detected by some websites via the “Get Windows 10” that was pushed through Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. The web page goes with a disclaimer: “Estimated retail price of Windows 10 Home full license; actual prices may vary.”
However, Microsoft is offering for a free upgrade to Windows 10 Home edition during the first year of availability for those with the earlier edition of Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users.
Unless the users opt for an entirely new software, there may not be direct sales for Windows 10 Home edition. Coming to the enterprise edition Windows 10 Pro, the price should be much higher at around £199/€250. Even other editions of Windows 10 such as Windows 10 SKUs (Enterprise, IoT Core, Education) may be priced in the same range.
Microsoft is following a dual pricing system, with its different editions of Microsoft Windows 10, being labelled at different prices in different markets, taking into account the local levies and taxes.
While European websites are highlighting the high price structure already, India, the homeland of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella may be benefit in terms of price but many charity or voluntary agencies may benefuit from some discounted prices.