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Microsoft reveals Windows 10 local pricing

By Ng Chong Seng - on 29 Jul 2015, 1:30pm

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 local pricing

In case you missed it, Windows 10 for PCs and tablets launches today!

Available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 7 and 8.1 devices, Windows 10 is a major Windows release, and comes with many new features like the Microsoft Edge browser, Cortana (sadly, not officially available in Singapore), Continuum, Action Center, support for virtual desktops, and Windows Hello. At the same time, Microsoft wants to make the OS feels familiar to long-time Windows users, so Windows 10 also sees the return of the Start menu.

We’ve discussed Windows 10 in length previously on HardwareZone, so we shall not repeat everything here. For those new to Windows 10, we recommend checking out our Windows 10 FAQ and our Top 10 Features articles for a start.

While Windows 10 is available in DVD and USB flash media elsewhere, neither boxed version will be sold in retail stores in Singapore. So if you aren’t eligible for the free upgrade offer (e.g., those clinging on to Windows XP and Vista), you can purchase it over at the Microsoft Singapore online store. There are two versions, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, and they go for S$229 and S$399 respectively. At the moment, both are listed as 'coming soon'. A Windows 10 Pro Pack for those who bought Windows 10 Home and later wished to upgrade to the Pro version is supposedly coming, but it isn't listed on the Store yet.

Around the world, Microsoft is also working with OEMs and retailers to help users upgrade their Windows 7 or 8.x PCs to Windows 10, or offer new devices installed with the OS. In Singapore, there’s something called the Tech Bench, where you can go to get some help regarding the upgrade, such as data migration from your previous OS to Windows 10. Depending on the services rendered however, service fees may apply. These are also the places where Windows 10 devices are set up for you to touch and try. According to Microsoft, these Tech Benches are located at: Challenger (Funan, Jem, Nex, Tampines 1, VivoCity), Harvey Norman (all outlets), and Newstead (all outlets).

Lastly, to celebrate the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is taking out US$10 million to work with partners to embark on a year-long Upgrade Your World initiative. Participating global nonprofits include CARE, Code.org, Keep a Child Alive, Malala Fund, Pencils of Promise, Save the Children, Special Olympics, The Global Poverty Project, and The Nature Conservancy. Today, Microsoft is appealing to users to help pick the 10th global non-profit organization to support. Based on your votes, the 10th non-profit will receive US$500,000, as well as Microsoft technology and services. After the 10th global organization is announced on September 1, you’ll again have the chance to help choose 100 local nonprofits - 10 in 10 countries. Each of these will receive a US$50,000 cash investment plus technology from Microsoft. You can check out the Upgrade Your World website for the official rules.