It looks like Microsoft is marching towards the final stretch of the Windows 10 technical preview as according to sources close to Microsoft’s plans, the new operating system is on track to launch for PCs in July. This isn’t the first time that we have heard this potential release date either, as AMD’s CEO, Lisa Su, noted the launch window during an earnings call back in April.
Microsoft has not yet officially commented on the matter but it has admitted that Windows 10 development has progressed faster than it had anticipated thanks to the sheer amount of feedback and help with the technical preview program, which launched in October last year.
Speaking to The Verge, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have said that the operating system is on track for a July release date. One of the specific launch dates currently being considered is the 29th of July. Additionally, Microsoft is trying to finalize the code for the end of June, in order to give PC manufacturers a head start with creating pre-built systems.
We still don’t know if Microsoft will make this release date but for now, the end of July seems like the right time frame. Those running official versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be getting the operating system for free as long as they upgrade within the first year. There was some confusion surrounding upgrades for pirates but Microsoft has since clarified that non legitimate copies of Windows will not be eligible for the upgrade to Windows 10.
However, pricing has yet to be announced and Microsoft has teased some “attractive options” for those who have yet to purchase Windows legally. Windows 10 will be launching for mobile devices and the Xbox One later in the year.
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KitGuru Says: It looks like Windows 10 could be upon us sooner than we expected. Are any of you running the technical preview? Do you think it is close to ready for an official release?