Windows 10 to start from $229 in Singapore

A woman walks past a billboard for Windows 10 in Seoul, South Korea on July 29, 2015.
A woman walks past a billboard for Windows 10 in Seoul, South Korea on July 29, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system is priced at $229 for the Home edition, and $399 for the Professional edition for users whose existing Windows computers are not eligible for the free upgrade.

For the first time, the software is only sold at Microsoft's online store. You can purchase and download the digital version now. Microsoft said it will also offer the software in a USB stick. The DVD version is not available in Singapore.

However, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, who are eligible for a free upgrade, can bring their machines to select retailers to receive their Windows 10 upgrade. The retailers include Challenger (Funan DigitaLife Mall, VivoCity, Jem, Tampines 1 and Nex), Harvey Norman and Newstead Technologies.

The free Windows 10 upgrade for eligible users will also be rolled out in phases starting from today. An Internet connection is required to perform the upgrade, which is approximately 3GB in size.

Users who had previously signed up to test the software under the Windows Insiders program will be the first to get the upgrade. Next on the list are those who have reserved a copy via the Get Windows 10 app on their existing computers.

Eligible users have until July 29 next year to get their free upgrade to Windows 10.

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