Microsoft has opened Amazon pre-order pages for purchasing a USB drive version of its upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Despite not making any official announcements with regards to them, the company has later confirmed to media outlets that USB versions will indeed be available for purchase as an alternative to DVDs.
According to the listings, the USB flash drives containing the install kit cost $119.99, and were initially stated to be released August 16th. The date was later pushed back to August 30, without any explanation as to why they won’t be available on the scheduled July 29th worldwide release.
However, despite having the seller listed as Microsoft and linking to the software giant’s Amazon seller account, the flash-drive version was not listed online by any other retailer, including Microsoft’s own online store. The Amazon listings have shipping restricted to the United States.
Venturebeat.com reported that a Microsoft spokesperson they contacted confirmed the veracity of the listing, stating that the flash drive version will become available for purchasing “shortly after” the global July 29th release. He also confirmed that it will shortly become available for pre-order through other retail channels, including the Microsoft Store.
Due to the sudden nature of the listing and the lack of an official announcement, it may be possible that the early listing could be a leak or an error. Amazon is no stranger to incidents in which unconfirmed products are listed with tentative release dates, which prove to be more or less accurate. It could also be the product of a temporary exclusivity deal between the companies.
In other news regarding smaller physical storage units, Microsoft have announced that they will hold back on a function which would let users install Windows 10 apps to an SD card, which would’ve greatly helped tablet users running out of storage space.
In a reply to one of its testers who observed that there is no longer an option to choose the app install location in the latest client version, the Silicon Valley giant vaguely stated that they weren’t feeling like the function was ready to be released yet. One explanation might be that internal testing revealed serious possible issues with apps installed from SD cards, and so Microsoft are taking the safe route. Coincidentally, this fits into their plans regarding the new “Windows experience”, as Windows 10 is set to become better and better through future updates.
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