Belfast Telegraph

Windows 10 release date: new Microsoft operating system probably won’t arrive on July 29, company says

Microsoft's Windows 10 is supposed to be released on July 29, but users might not actually get it until sometime after.

The new operating system will instead be rolled out in different waves, “slowly scaling up”, and the July 29 date will only be the time that the company “will start rolling out Windows 10”. Initially, it will go to the Windows Insiders who have been trying out early versions of the software.

Microsoft appeared to indicate that the process might change during the release. “Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users,” Microsoft wrote in a blogpost.

Microsoft didn’t say how long it expects the Windows roll out to take.

Users are able to reserve their copy of Windows 10 by clicking the small logo in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that users will receive the software straight away — instead, Microsoft “will notify you once our compatibility work confirms you will have a great experience, and Windows 10 has been downloaded on your system”.

The company will be checking that the software is compatible with systems during the launch, Microsoft said. If it isn’t, users might see contact details for security experts that they can consult to upgrade their computers.

The new version of Windows was initially announced as being free, but since then Microsoft has clarified that only applies to users on some versions of the operating system.

Windows 10 was launched earlier this year with a focus on improving performance and speed, as well as unifying the experience across different devices. It is Microsoft’s attempt to undo some of the damage of Windows 8, which was slammed by reviewers and users.


Independent News Service