Microsoft has been busy with its ecosystem partners to ensure the smooth release of its Windows 10 later this month across the globe.
The Redmond, Washington-based software giant announced a July 29 launch date for the latest version of its operating system for PCs and mobile devices. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president, Windows and devices group, said in his latest blog that the rollout will be “in phases to help manage demand.”
Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to people using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The latest version “starts fast, resumes fast and helps enable batteries to last longer,” he said.
“With all of our ecosystem partners, we have been actively engaged to work on device and application compatibility,” Myerson said. “It’s been amazing to see the teamwork taking place across companies to ensure a quality experience as our shared customers experience Windows 10 soon. In our testing of millions of systems, we’re seeing full compatibility today with the vast majority of Windows 8x and Windows 7x systems … we will be continuing this application and device compatibility work every day as part of our ongoing commitment to Windows as a service.”
Microsoft soon will be giving a version of Windows 10 to its OEM partners so they can start imaging new devices with the new software, Myerson said. The company then will distribute a version to retailers globally so they can assist customers with upgrades of newly purchased devices that were originally imaged with Windows 8.1.
“The Windows-as-a-service model extends to our enterprise and business customers as well,” Myerson said. “We’ve announced new servicing benefits, such as Windows Update for Business, and we’re working hard on a range of new features and capabilities for our enterprise customers. Windows 10 Pro will be available on July 29, along with Windows 10 Home. Volume licensing customers will be able to download Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education on Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting on August 1.”
On July 29, the rollout will begin with Windows Insiders, then reserved systems will be notified in waves, Myerson said. Each day of the rollout, “we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users,” he said.
“If you reserved your copy of Windows 10, we will notify you once our compatibility work confirms you will have a great experience, and Windows 10 has been downloaded on your system,” he said.