Windows 10: The only major OS still trying to squeeze a buck from...
If you're eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10, I encourage you to make sure that you grab it while you can, because once that temporary offer expires, Windows will be as expensive as ever.
And if you need a copy of Windows 10 and you're not eligible for the free upgrade - perhaps to run on your Mac, run inside a virtual machine, or on a new PC you've built - then a basic Windows 10 Home license will cost you $119. If you have your heart set on the Pro version then that price jumps to $199.
The same goes for those running Windows Vista or Windows XP. No free Windows 10 upgrade for you.
I'm having a hard time getting my head around this "business as usual" approach to retail pricing. Sure, it doesn't come as a surprise because Microsoft has always attached a stratospherically high price tag to retail copies of Windows for decades. But given how much CEO Satya Nadella has transformed the way the company brings in money, it's odd that he has chosen to continue to keep Microsoft as the only major operating system vendor that still tries to make a buck from consumers.
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