Microsoft’s head of operating systems Joe Belifore has confirmed Windows 10 is on track to meet its summer release date… but only for PCs.
Speaking to the media at the Build 2015 conference, Belifore said bringing the operating system to PCs was Microsoft’s primary focus at this time. He also claimed some Windows 10 features will arrive gradually, after the planned launch date.
He said: "There are devices and features that will come not on launch date, but following it."
"From the device view, our main focus is to kick off the Windows 10 launch wave with a great launch on the PC. You should expect that the other devices - phone, HoloLens, Xbox, Surface Hub - will be staggered, probably not on the same date as the PC."
The staggered launches are happening because Microsoft is adding features to the phone-centric version of the OS after they’ve arrived within the preview builds for PC.
“Our phone builds have not been as far as long as our PC builds," he added (via The Verge). “We’re adapting the phone experiences later than we’re adding the PC experiences.”
Belifore’s comments suggest Windows 10 for other platforms will start arriving sometime this autumn. However, it’s somewhat of a shame Microsoft is unable to roll out this ‘Universal’ experience, well, universally.
Today's news comes after Microsoft decided against launching new Lumia hardware at Build 2015. Those devices won’t arrive until Windows 10 is available for PC.
That could put the launch of the first native Windows 10 phones around IFA 2015 in September, while existing devices may get it around the same time.