MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that it will distribute Windows 10 via USB flash drives, but you won't be able to bag one on 29 July.
WinFuture.de previously reported that, despite other firms such as Apple now relying purely on internet downloads for operating system upgrades, Microsoft will continue to distribute its software via physical means and will add USB flash drives to the list of available formats.
Microsoft has since confirmed this to VentureBeat. A spokesperson for the company said: “Windows 10 will be available on USB drives for purchase in retail channels shortly after launch."
However, you won't be able to pick up a USB flash drive on day one, as they won't be made available until the end of August.
The move to USB distribution is probably down to the fact that many laptop and ultrabook devices now ship without disk drives, and the added benefit that USB drives, unlike DVDs, can hold 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the software.
USB distribution should also make for a faster installation process, especially if Windows 10 is offered in USB Type-C form.
As well as confirming USB distribution for Windows 10, Microsoft has started taking pre-orders for the flash drives via Amazon in the US.
Of course, this all adds to the Windows 10 pricing confusion as Microsoft has yet to confirm how much the USB flash drives will cost.
However, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro are now available to order on Amazon US, priced at $119.99 and $199.99 respectively.
Pricing for the USB version of Windows 10 has been revealed, confusion continues to surround the price of Windows 10, and potential buyers, pirates and Windows Insiders are baffled as to whether they'll get the software for nothing.
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