Windows 10 Is (Almost) Here

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And it’s free! Sort of, anyway:

The software, which Microsoft announced Monday will begin rolling out July 29, will be offered as a free upgrade for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PC and tablet users. For the PC market, those two versions power 74.1 percent of all devices, according to NetMarketShare.

For everyone else, Windows 10 will cost the same as its predecessor, Windows 8, the company confirmed to CNET on Monday.

A copy of Windows 10 Home will run $119, while Windows 10 Pro will cost $199. For those who wish to upgrade from the Home edition to the Pro edition, a Windows 10 Pro Pack will cost $99.

A $119 license is much more reasonable than I’m used to seeing from Redmond. I’m actually tempted for the first time in almost ten years to buy a copy, just for a virtual machine to run a couple old software titles I’m still fond of.

Any other Mac users feel the same about the price? And how many weirded-out Windows 8 users are happy to see the return of an actual desktop operating system to your desktop machines?