Windows 10 won’t come pre-installed on new devices at launch (update)

PC makers won't have time to pre-install Windows 10 on new devices before July 29, as such new PCs will continue to ship previous versions of the operating system for a little longer.

Windows 10 logo (Cartoon)

Although, Microsoft is on track to release Windows 10 to the masses on July 29th, the development still ongoing, and with so little time left, manufacturers won’t be able to pre-install Windows 10 on new devices at launch. The software giant has promised that its next operating system will be available to the public at the end of July, and while previous releases also involved seeing new devices installed with the new version of Windows at launch, it seems that this will not be the case with Windows 10.

Windows 10 is around two weeks out of its official release, and the fact is that the company still working on finishing the new product, and it hasn’t even hit the release to manufacturing stage.

Now, with such tight schedule, it’s just not feasible for PC makers to test and install Windows 10 on their devices in time for launch. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft’s next operating system won’t be available on new devices on July 29th, which means PCs will continue to ship with Windows 8 until further notice, but rest assured that the next device you buy will support Windows 10.

Microsoft’s vice president, Yusuf Mehdi says: “You will see computers running with Windows installed very soon after the 29th and then in the fall, a whole new class of machines for the holidays.”

So, when will you get Windows 10, if you want to purchase a new PC? Well, Microsoft has created a queue system. On July 29th, Windows 10 will release to Windows Insiders, then in the following days those customers who reserved the free upgrade will gradually start seeing Windows 10, and then to everyone else. The queue system also allows the company to prioritize upgrades. This means that customers buying a new computer at launch or later, will get jumped up to the top of queue to quickly move to the new operating system.

Update, July 14: It appears that Microsoft made a mistake communicating yet again, and now the company says that at launch there will a few new devices running Windows 10.

Source Bloomberg via Neowin | Thanks for the tip! @zapellat

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