Nowadays with music being digital, games being digital, apps available for purchase and download via websites, there is starting to become less need for the CD. In fact Apple started weaning users off the CD with the release of the MacBook Air, and fast forward to today, more computer builders are opting out of installing an optical drive on their computers.
So much so that according to a report from WinFuture.de (via Windows Central), Microsoft could potentially sell the standalone copies of Windows 10 Home and Professional on USB drives. What this means is that users who wish to install Windows 10 on their brand new computers will be able to do so via the USB as opposed to needing a copy of the software on a CD/DVD.
The report goes on to claim that Microsoft will offer both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 on the USB drive, thus giving users the option of choosing which version they’d rather install. Previously Microsoft had confirmed that the Windows 10 Home SKU will be priced at $119.99 while Windows 10 Professional will retail for $199.99 for installation on brand new PCs.
Users with genuine copies of Windows 7/8.1 will be able to upgrade to a copy of Windows 10 for free upon its release, assuming they make their reservation within a year of Windows 10 being released. In the meantime Windows 10 has been pegged for a release on the 29th of July.