The most common question we get on this site is “what is the Windows 10 release date?”.
Obviously a lot of people worldwide would love to know exactly when we can expect Windows 10 to hit the stores.
Before we get to that, I want to talk a little bit about the elements required to create an Operating System.
This is important because those elements and the order in which they happen can help us determine the Windows 10 release date.
Factors affecting the Windows 10 Release Date
Microsoft are working really hard to get Windows 10 out the door and to the public as soon as possible.
Hundreds of developers, graphic artists, designers and project managers are checking out all the pieces needed to put Windows 10 together.
Here are some of the factors that go into the timing for an Operating System release date:
First and foremost, the team have to hit the deadlines to make all this happen. Makes sense right? There are many milestones and checkpoints that have to be hit along with rigorous QA and regression testing.
At some point, management says “this is good enough” and it gets RTM’ed (Released to Manufacturing).
Integration Point Readiness
This version of Windows is a little different than previous versions of Windows. It’s different because Windows 10 has a lot of integration points with external hardware and software.
As an example, there are teams working on Windows 10 for IOT (The Internet Of Things) and Windows 10 for the Surface Hub.
All these versions of Windows have to be tested and approved and there will (hopefully) be a coordinated plan for the rollout that takes all of this into consideration. Life was so much simpler when Windows was a just a desktop and server OS.
If you’re reading this, you probably know about the Windows Insider program and all the feedback that Microsoft is gathering about the OS.
The last time Microsoft gathered feedback and ignored it was Windows 8 and we all saw what happened. From Gabriel Aul’s dedication and efforts, we have to assume that Microsoft are paying a lot of attention to consumer feedback.
Any major backlash (which we haven’t seen so far) would probably affect the release date if Microsoft were concerned about the impact of consumer perception.
In addition to consumers, Microsoft also tries to give large influential customers an early look at Windows to make sure there are no show stoppers there.
Businesses have different concerns about the features of an Operating System (Security, Application Development, Licensing etc) and they usually want to know how the new version of Windows will affect their business.
Microsoft usually pay attention to the concerns that make sense and try to address those as much as possible.
OEM and Vendor Feedback
The people who make the actual devices and software for those devices have a say as well. They definitely need a heads up before this stuff goes live because they will be building the devices that will sell world wide for Microsoft.
Major software companies usually work closely with Microsoft so they can provide timely updates for their software so it’s Windows 10 compatible.
Any show stoppers here are also urgent and may have timeline consequences.
There are more factors but you get the idea, putting together an Operating System is no easy matter.
Microsoft has to juggle the concerns of different constituents and somehow release a working, functional Operating System.
So when will Microsoft release Windows 10?
Summer of 2015 – Windows 10 Release Date
At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in China, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be officially available this summer.
Microsoft EVP of Operating Systems Terry Myerson did not give a specific date but said the following
“WE CONTINUE TO MAKE GREAT DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS AND SHARED TODAY THAT WINDOWS 10 WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER IN 190 COUNTRIES AND 111 LANGUAGES,” MYERSON WROTE IN A BLOG POST ON THE COMPANY’S WEBSITE.
“WINDOWS HAS ALWAYS BEEN GLOBAL WITH MORE THAN 1.5 BILLION USERS AROUND THE WORLD AND HERE IN CHINA HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PCS OPERATE WINDOWS TODAY.”
That’s the most recent information we have about the Windows 10 Release Date – sometime in the summer of 2015.
Stay tuned to this page as we will update you if and when that timeline changes.
When it comes to RTM release, Microsoft usually targets the month of August. But for Windows 10 RTM, there is speculation that the software giant has set its sights on a June release.
Which makes it easily a couple of months earlier than traditional.
Hopefully we will hear more at the BUILD conference later in April 2015.
AMD, the processor maker, revealed the launch date of Microsoft’s new operating system in a conference call.
And the company expects the OS to be out before July is out.
The late July launch date was revealed by Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD during the financial earnings call, confirming that the new operating system is on track for a summer launch:
“WHAT WE ALSO ARE FACTORING IN IS, WITH THE WINDOWS 10 LAUNCH AT THE END OF JULY, WE ARE WATCHING THE IMPACT OF THAT ON THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON, AND EXPECT THAT IT MIGHT HAVE A BIT OF A DELAY TO THE NORMAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON INVENTORY BUILDUP.”
The important Back-to-School shopping season!
Update 3 – Microsoft will release Windows 10 to the general public on July 29th 2015.
This date comes from an early morning announcement from Microsoft.
Starting on July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your retailer.
If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you.
Users on Windows 7 and 8.1 have already started to notice a prompt asking them to reserve their free copy of Windows 10.
This from an update (KB3035583) for those versions of Windows that lets you enroll, and which will later notify you when Windows 10 is available to download.