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Windows 10 pricing, release date leaked

An online retailer may have accidentally solved the mystery of when Windows 10 will be released.

CaptureThe new version of Microsoft’s widely used operating system will be delivered to original equipment manufacturers on August 31, according to listings at Newegg.com, which is also taking pre-orders for the software. The Home edition will cost hardware makers $109, while the Professional version will run $149, according to the listings, which were first spotted by ZDNet.

In keeping with most major tech product releases, an exact release date for Windows 10 has been a closely guarded secret. Microsoft said in March that Windows 10 would launch this sometime this summer, and while developers hoped for something more definitive during the Build developer conference last month, the company was still mum.

Assuming Newegg’s information is accurate, consumers should have Windows 10 in their hands before the end of summer, in line with comments made in March by Windows chief Terry Myerson. ZDNet’s Ed Bott points out that Newegg also jumped the gun on Windows 8 preorders in 2012.

Microsoft declined to comment on the veracity of Newegg’s information, but a spokeswoman did reiterate that the company was planning a summer launch of the software and “we look forward to sharing more details about how the upgrade will be offered at a later date.”

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