While we heard from Microsoft that Windows 10 will release sometime in mid-2015, today we have a bit more of specific information about the release timeframe. According to Microsoft’s Kevin Turner, Windows 10 will officially have a release date in “late summer and early fall” 2015. The new information was revealed this week during the Credit Suisse Technology Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
Looking back to previous releases and if the pattern continues, we’ll be probably have Windows 10 RTM close to the end of summer. However, Microsoft usually releases new versions of the operating system in mid-fall, as such we can speculate that the final version of Windows 10 could release sometime in October 2015, which aligns with the previous Windows 8 release date.
Also it could happen that Microsoft may try to get the new operating system ready for August 2015, as on August 24th, will be Windows 95’s 20th anniversary and the company might want to use this time to release Windows 10. (But this is nothing official.)
For now, officially, we know that Microsoft will show off the consumer features next month. The next build will be called Windows January Technical Preview and we’re also expecting to see the first preview of Windows 10 mobile that will work on Windows Phone handsets and tablets based on ARM and Intel processors. It’s also said that this mobile version of the operating system will not include a desktop.
Follow the January release, there will be a February Technical Preview, a March, and so on and so forth.
On April, the company will focus Windows 10 on developers during the BUILD conference. Kevin Turner also said that there will be a Windows 10 “developer preview” arriving in early summer, but it’s unclear if the company actually will ship the developer build as the strategy is to keep delivering new releases in the monthly basis. According to Mary Jo Foley for ZDNet, this could just mean that Microsoft will simply focus more on its Universal apps at this time.
From all of this, you should take that on January we’ll be getting a build with new features such as Cortana and support for Continuum, and we can expect Windows 10 to finally release by the end of summer, early fall 2015.