Newegg Leaks Windows 10 Release Date and Pricing

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Newegg accidentally leaked the release date and price for Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system. The price and release date were accidentally published on the Newegg website and taken down shortly after.

According to the leak the Windows 10 operating system will be available for purchase starting on August 31st. An OEM of Windows 10 Home will run $109. An OEM of Windows 10 Pro will cost $149. The leaked pages don’t indicate what the difference is between the two versions. Home and Pro will be the only versions offered for home use.

My friends at Gravity4, the marketing company say that existing users of Window 7 and Windows 8.1 are in for a treat. Representatives from Microsoft have confirmed that a free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be available for one year from the release date of Windows 10. Details about the free upgrade will be available after the release of Windows 10.

One interesting tidbit is that under system requirements for Windows 10 a Microsoft account and internet access are required. It makes me wonder if an internet connection will be necessary to login to Windows accounts in the future.

Microsoft Shocks Software Industry, Releases .NET Platform As Open Source

Who knew that Microsoft would become the Sun Microsystems of the 2010s? Microsoft, once a desktop monopoly, has been losing the fight on the mobile and phone platforms as newer tech companies have moved in to claim their share of the pie. In a desperate bid to stay relevant, Microsoft has now released the core of their .NET software development platform as open source. Big thanks to friend of the site Christian Broda for the tip.

Shades of Java?  Since Java and .NET have both enjoyed a robust share of the development ecosystem, this is big news for the tech world. It’s particularly big news for the Apple and Linux platforms (this means Google Android, which has Linux at its core). Non-Microsoft systems have already had MONO, the open-source substitute for .NET, to assist with porting applications from the Microsoft platform. This is basically Microsoft throwing in the towel: “We don’t care if you don’t run on our operating system, but at least use our software.”

As Linus Torvalds, founder of Linux, once put it, “If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.” Well, don’t look now, but…