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Windows 10 may be completed as soon as June 2015


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Microsoft is aiming to get the completed version of Windows 10 into the hands of manufacturing partners by June, according to reports on Monday.

Neowin sources say the software giant is targeting a June completion date for the hotly anticipated operating system that’ll offer a universal experience across desktop, laptop and mobile devices.

If Microsoft is able to achieve the target for the RTM (Release to Manufacturers) version of the software by early summer, it would allow it to capitalise on the lucrative back-to-school sales period.

The report claims: “Why is the company targeting June instead of its traditional August release? Well, the month of August did not make a lot of sense if you were trying to sell licenses and devices for the back to school market. Previously, when an OS hit RTM in August, hardware from OEMs would not be ready until October which is good for the holidays but misses the back to school shoppers.”

An RTM release wouldn’t mean the software would instantly be available for all Windows users to download, as the firm is likely to allow manufacturers the opportunity to fit it to forthcoming machines before rolling out the update.

The earlier launch could also be advantageous as it’d enable Microsoft to get a new version of its very successful Surface Pro hybrid device out of the gate with Windows 10 already built in.

Read more: Windows 10 Features: What's New?

Meanwhile, on Monday, it emerged Microsoft is opening out the preview versions of Office 2016 to all users using the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Previously the firm had limited access to a private beta group, but now anyone can jump on board and download the early versions of Word, Powerpoint and Excel if they’re prepared to sign an NDA (nondisclosure agreement).


February 10, 2015, 12:58 pm

Is it going to be complete or in the tradition of Windows 8, customers would be given an unfinished OS, and then completed for Win 10.1 update.


February 10, 2015, 4:54 pm

I don't think 8.0 was unfinished, it probably did what Microsoft wanted, just not what the users wanted. Plus it gave Microsoft an opportunity to get it in front of more users than the Beta testing does (which is usually with a bunch of high engaged and interested users), they got feedback and they acted on it with the 8.1 release.

I don't see what the problem is with that? Apple do the exact same thing with OSX, the only difference is that they haven't had any paradigm shifting changes to their product, so maybe the impact is less pronounced?

This isn't me defending Windows 8 btw, I really don't like it, but it wasn't unfinished when released.


February 10, 2015, 5:58 pm

Well, the fact is it needed more work (8.1 patch) to become fit for desktop PC use.
I can't believe its issues didn't show up in internal and external technical preview testing. They either didn't test it properly or they didn't have the time, budget or will to change it before release.
What is it, that 50-100 million end customers will highlight, that 1 million Technet power users wouldn't.


February 11, 2015, 9:32 am

The thing is, they did fix a lot of stuff in the beta, but the issue that affects Windows (and Android to an extent) is that end users have such wildly varying hardware configurations that it is impossible to catch everything.

For me the single biggest issues came from hardware manufacturers not updating their drivers for older pieces of kit.


February 11, 2015, 1:54 pm

Yes, I am not criticizing MS, especially as it is a preview and not a final product.
But, yes, laptop manufacturers are especially bad, at best you get it with drivers for the current OS and then might get drivers for the next one if you are lucky.
In the past when people were building custom desktop PCs, most component manufacturers would care to release new drivers as new OSes were released.


February 13, 2015, 9:37 am

Yep - it's the biggest downside of owning a laptop. Apple don't have the problem as they own the whole ecosystem....I wish Microsoft would beat some of the hardware suppliers with a large stick.

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