Windows 10 launch date: report

Microsoft has been aiming for a late July 2015 release of Windows 10 for months now, The Verge reported on 29 May.

Citing “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans”, The Verge said the launch plans are on track, with Microsoft working to finalise the Release to Manufacturing code for Windows 10 by the end of June.

The Verge also reported that 29 July 2015 is one of a few target dates discussed for Windows 10’s full public launch.

News of the July launch first emerged in April, when AMD CEO Lisa Su let it slip during an earnings call.

Existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be able to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 for a year after it launches.

Microsoft has also announced a number of different editions of Windows 10:

  • Windows 10 Home is the consumer-focused desktop edition. It offers a familiar and personal experience for PCs, tablets, and 2-in–1s. Windows 10 is also coming to the Xbox, giving games and gamers access to the Xbox Live gaming community, enabling the capture and share of gameplay and giving Xbox One owners the ability to play their Xbox One games from any Windows 10 PC in their home.
  • Windows 10 Mobile is designed to deliver the best user experience on smaller, mobile, touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets. It has the same Windows apps that are included in Windows 10 Home, as well as the new touch-optimized version of Office.
  • Windows 10 Pro is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets, and 2-in–1s. It is similar to Windows 10 Home, but offers many extra features to meet the needs of small businesses.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise builds on Windows 10 Pro, adding advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large organisations. Active Software Assurance customers in Volume Licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise as part of their existing Software Assurance benefits.
  • Windows 10 Education builds on Windows 10 Enterprise, and is designed to meet the needs of schools – staff, administrators, teachers and students. This edition will be available through academic Volume Licensing, and there will be paths for schools and students using Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Education.
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers.
  • There will also be versions of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for industry devices like ATMs, retail point of sale, handheld terminals, industrial robotics, and Windows 10 IoT Core for small footprint, low-cost devices like gateways.

Windows 10 editions unveiled

Microsoft Edge: the new web browser for Windows 10

Windows 10 can get Android, iOS, Mac apps

Expect Windows 10 in SA on the same day as the US

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