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Windows 10 Consumer SKU Roadmap Revealed

Microsoft will soon be launching Windows 10 Redstone 4 and with it will come changes to how the company is positioning the software as well as pricing for its partners. From the information it looks like we will have 5 new SKUs for partners to use with their products. These SKUs are labeled as Entry ($25), Value ($45), Core ($65.45), Core+ ($86.66), and Advanced ($101). As of right now we do not know how Microsoft will differentiate the different SKUs from each other, but it seems they are tying them to specific hardware specifications.

Windows 10

The below SKUs will be available starting April 2, 2018.

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

Keep in mind this is pricing for its partners. Basically they are going to be charging more money for a Windows 10 license based on the hardware that is included. So if you are buying a rig that is more powerful the license will cost more.

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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