(By Antony Leather)
If you’re eagerly awaiting Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, then it looks like you don’t have long to wait. Late July looks set to be the launch period for the new OS, with hardware partner AMD accidentally spilling the beans. This means we have less than 15 weeks to go before the new OS ships.
Windows 10 is widely anticipated to turn the lacklustre sales of Windows 8 around and convince the remaining Windows XP and Windows 7 users to upgrade too.
The news doesn’t actually come from Microsoft, but one of its partners, AMD, which is better known for making CPUs and graphics cards. Specifically, AMD’s CEO, Lisa Su, let slip the date during a quarterly earnings conference call:
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.
Windows 10, which is looking like it will be released at the end of July, will bring back the Start Menu
I’d say the information is highly reliable given AMD’s stance in the industry, the fact it’s a Microsoft hardware partner and the fact Microsoft has specified a summer launch for Windows 10 anyway.
Aligning the launch so there’s a bedding in period for the ‘back to school’ season – a time when extra numbers of laptops and PCs are sold, makes sense too, as retailers can use the new OS as a selling point.
Free upgrade for some, get it via Windows Update
For the rest of us, when July comes around here’s what to do. The OS will be free to download for Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows phone. The first year of use will be cost-free and there’s some positive speculation as to this remaining the case too.
So there’s no need to head to your nearest PC store to pick up a copy. As I reported back in January, not only is the new OS free to most users, but Microsoft confirmed to me it will be dishing it out via Windows Update.
So if you want to upgrade, all you need to do is download the update from Windows Update – be warned, though, the update will likely be pretty hefty. The update will likely have to happen for every PC in your home separately.
In addition, as I reported here, Microsoft will likely be using peer-to-peer or P2P to deliver Windows 10 updates, with the added ability to access pre-downloaded updates from another PC, dramatically reducing the time it takes to install them if you’ve got several PCs in the home.
Antony Leather is a technology journalist and currently write for websites such as bit-tech.net and magazines such as Custom PC and Computer Active. I’ve been building and modifying PCs for 20 years and writing about them for over six years. I’ve reviewed countless pieces of hardware and peripherals and also have a passion for all things tech – from Microsoft Windows to Apple iOS, PC gaming to iPhone jailbreaking. Follow him on Twitter @antonyleather
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