The latest Windows 10 release is available for testing, offering a host of new features to Windows users. And Windows 10 will be free, too. We compare Windows 8 and Windows 10. It’s a Windows 8 vs Windows 10 comparison review.
Windows 8 vs Windows 10 comparison: UK price and availability
Windows 8 is widely available right now. If you buy a new PC or laptop it will almost certainly come with Windows 8 (actually Windows 8.1 these days). As an end user you will not know the cost of Windows 8 to your PC’s manufacturer, but if you pay for an upgrade or to buy a licence outright you will have to shell out. A standard Windows 8.1 upgrade licence will cost you around £79, a Windows 8.1 Pro licence £189.
Compare that to Windows 10. Windows 10 is not yet available, and will likely launch in the Autumn. In the mean time you can install the preview version, for free. It is a beta, meant for developers, so we wouldn’t recommend that just anyone attempts to use Windows 10 for their main PC. Not just yet, anyway. But the good news is that when Windows 10 launches it will be a free upgrade for existing Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone users. At least for the first year, anyway.