Update: Thanks to AMD CEO Lisa Su’s recent slip of the tongue, expect to see Windows 10 in late July. Read more about the alleged ‘leak’ below:
- Required reading before installing the Windows 10 preview
With Windows 8 and now Windows 8.1, Microsoft tried – not entirely successfully – to make tablets part of a continuum that goes from number-crunching workstations and high-end gaming rigs through all-in-one touchscreen media systems and thin-and light notebooks down to slender touch tablets.
The general consensus is that it still has a long way to go to produce a unified OS. Recently, Microsoft publicly made the first steps to doing just that, with Windows 10. Skipping the Windows 9 name entirely, the Redmond, Wash. firm aims to step into the next generation of computing with the right foot forward.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 Technical Preview is available through its Windows Insider Program website. You’ll need a Microsoft account to get it, and it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s not the finished product, so it will be a bit rough around the edges.
- Is the new OS any good? Read our hands on Windows 10 review
While information regarding the Windows 10 Road Map slowly trickling through with each reveal event, this is what we know so far regarding the stymied release of Windows 10:
- Starting with Windows Technical Preview (WTP) for laptops and desktops back in September 2014, the preview build extended to select smartphones onFebruary 12.
- A major WTP build launched on January 23, 2015 and was made available to download through Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program.
- Currently, the WTP is at Build #10041 for those in the “Slow ring” for stable preview build updates.
- Microsoft’s Build 2015 conference this April will have even more announcements and likely issue a Windows 10 release date.
- The company promises a release to consumers and enterprise “in the summer” according to Terry Myerson
- Most recently, AMD’s CEO served as an unofficial source on the release date, slipping that late July 2015 is the more exact release window.