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Windows 10: Landing In July?

In a conference call, AMD's CEO let it slip that Microsoft will release Windows 10 at the end of July 2015.

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Ever since Microsoft announced the impending release of Windows 10 at a press conference back in January, the tech community has been on the lookout for hints on a definite launch date.

Microsoft gave us some clarity in March, when it announced that the new OS would be released during the summer of 2015. This was a surprise, one that narrowed the launch timeframe to about three months -- a smaller window, but still vague.

Now we're looking at a specific month, thanks to a small slip-up from Lisa Su, CEO of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Su was on a conference call April 17 to discuss Q1 earnings when she mentioned that Windows 10 would affect the company's outlook for Q2.

[Windows 10 Universal Apps Update Coming To Phones]                          

"What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of 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 build-up," Su said, according to a transcript posted by Seeking Alpha.

There was no further mention of Windows 10 apart from that comment, but the idea of a July rollout is feasible. After all, Microsoft did promise a summer launch, and AMD is a hardware partner of Microsoft, so the company would have inside knowledge on the release date.

It's easy to see how the back-to-school season would be an opportune time for Microsoft to put Windows 10 into the hands of a massive consumer audience. After all, its new Surface 3 is geared towards students. But the question is, will the OS be ready by then?

(Image: Microsoft)

(Image: Microsoft)

Over the last few months, Microsoft has been releasing Windows 10 builds to Windows Insiders. A technical preview was released to desktop users shortly after the January event; a mobile preview soon followed. Microsoft is taking user suggestions into consideration during OS development to avoid the same kind of backlash that Windows 8 caused.

Microsoft promised that its new OS will bring a desktop version of Cortana, Universal Apps, and the return of its Start menu. The latest version of the technical preview, Windows 10 Build 10049, arrived on March 30. This was the first to bring a test of Project Spartan, Microsoft's codenamed replacement for Internet Explorer.  

The technical previews have definitely reflected improvement over the past few months, but some parts of the OS still seem like they're works in progress. Will the complete package be upgrade-ready by the end of July? If that date is accurate, Microsoft has just three months to put the finishing touches on Windows 10.

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Kelly Sheridan is Associate Editor at Dark Reading. She started her career in business tech journalism at Insurance & Technology and most recently reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft and business IT. Sheridan earned her BA at Villanova University. View Full Bio

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SunitaT0
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4/24/2015 | 2:49:00 PM
Re: browser?
The Help and Support of Windows XP was really ahead of its game. Lets see if Cortana can up that game, at the same time providing a good experience.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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4/22/2015 | 11:52:14 AM
Re: browser?
@thomas yep, I've used it a fair amount. I didn't expect this, but I really like the feature that lets you mark up and save webpages. When I heard about that in Microsoft's original announcement it just seemed like a nice-to-have, but I can see this as being a great tool for sharing notes with people. Overall, even though I was using it in preview, seems like Spartan is working pretty fast and functional so far.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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4/22/2015 | 7:33:17 AM
Re: browser?
Yes, it works quite OK...but in the end it is just one more browser to run tests on. Testing against IE11, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox is already too much work. Rather than have yet one more newly invented wheel the web app folks would be much appreciative when vendors would

- adhere strictly to W3C standards without exception

- execute JS in the same way

I bet it would save the software industry billions and get vendors release good product faster. It used to be that IE was the odd one out, but lately it is Chrome that needs extra work.

 
yalanand
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yalanand,
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4/21/2015 | 6:46:01 AM
Re: browser?
Desktop version of Cortana? If that is true then the Help and Support centre will get a new and interactive boost. And I also hear that the start menu would have Live Tiles. Lets see how the final version looks.
yalanand
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yalanand,
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4/21/2015 | 6:42:24 AM
Re: browser?
@Thomas: The rendering part in Spartan is rumored to be better than in Chrome or Safari, i.e. a diagonal line on the screen looks the prettiest on the Spartan browser. Everyone seems so hyped up about this.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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4/20/2015 | 6:07:30 PM
browser?
Have you had a chance to play around with the new browser at all? I'm curious about it.
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