https://www.thurrott.com/windows/window ... p-revealed (3 Feb 2018 - Exclusive: New Windows 10 Consumer SKU Roadmap Revealed)
.Below is a breakdown of the SKUs:
Entry: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium ≤ 4GB RAM & ≤ 32GB SSD AND ≤ 14.1” screen size (NB), ≤ 11.6” (2in1, Tablet), ≥ 17” AiO
Value: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium ≤ 4GB RAM & ≤64GB SSD & ≤ 14.1” screen size (EM ≤ 4GB RAM & ≤64GB SSD or ≤ 500GB HDD)
Core: Cannot be used on devices that meet the Core+ and Advanced SKU Hardware Specifications
Core +: High end CPU and >4 GB RAM (All Form Factors) ≥8 GB RAM & ≥1080p screen resolution (NB, 2in1, AiO) >8 GB RAM & ≥2TB HDD or SSD storage (Desktop)
Advanced: Intel Core i9 (any configuration) OR Core i7 ≥ 6 Cores (any RAM) OR AMD Threadripper(any configuration) OR Intel Core i7 >16GB (any Cores) or AMD FX/ Ryzen7 >16GB (any Cores) OR ≥ 4K screen resolution (any processor, includes 4K UHD-3840 resolution
Pricing for the SKUs is as follows: Advanced ($101), Core + ($86.66), Core ($65.45), Value ($45), and Entry ($25). Also, Windows 10 S is dead, it’s now Windows 10 S mode and the baseline SKU will be going away but each version will have an S mode.
What Microsoft is doing here, which isn’t too different from what they have done in the past, is that they charge more money for a Windows 10 license based on the hardware that is included. If you are buying a rig that is more powerful, the license costs more but for an entry-level device, the prices drop significantly.
Starting on April 2nd, these new SKUs and pricing will go into effect with the new pricing for Home Advanced going into effect on May 1st.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft- ... s-line-up/ (3 Feb 2018 - Microsoft to add new Windows 10 Home editions to its line-up)
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What the new policy by M$ likely means is that from April 2018 onwards, all new OEM Windows computers will come only in OEM Win 10 Home/Pro in S Mode, which can be upgraded to the normal OEM Win 10 Home/Pro later. The upgrade for Win 10 Home S will be free. M$ want to push and lock more people into their M$ Store.
Linux Mint users may need to replace their Linux Mint computers with new OEM Win 10 Home computers, ie to be then installed with LM either as single-boot or dual-boot system. The above new policy by M$ will affect such replacements.
....... Hopefully, there will be more new and cheaper OEM computers available that come without any OS preinstalled or with FreeDOS preinstalled.
As per M$ new policies for OEM Volume Licensing, most new budget Win 10 Home S laptops will fall into the Core SKU category, ie >64GB hard-drives, which will cost US$65.45 per OEM license. This license cost will be included in the price tag of the OEM laptops. This will be an increase of about US$40 from today's OEM license cost for Win 10 Home which is about US$30.
P S - The high-end transferable Retail Win 10 Home license costs US$119 each - usually bought by those who build their own computers.