Want to buy a copy of Microsoft Windows? Right now you can pay for a downloadable version or buy a DVD that you can use to install the operating system.
But when Windows 10 launches July 29th, it looks like Microsoft may offer another option: you may be able to buy a Windows USB flash drive which you can use to install the operating system.
The move would make sense: a growing number of laptop, tablet, and even some desktop-computers are shipping without optical disc drives. Sure, you can hook up a USB DVD drive, but at a time when most movies, music, apps and games are available for download, there’s little reason for most people to buy a disc drive that they can plug into a computer.
So selling Windows 10 on a USB flash drive will make it easier for users to install the operating system on ultrabooks, mini-desktops, and other computers that may not have disc drives.
Earlier this month Paul Thurrot noted that it looked like Microsoft would be selling Windows 10 on USB sticks, and now retail listings for Windows 10-on-a-stick are starting to show up, suggesting that the USB version will be available for $124 and up, which is just a few dollars more than the starting price for a DVD version.