The biggest litmus test for Microsoft is going to begin this month. The company had earlier confirmed that Windows 10 is ready and is set to arrive on PCs and tablets on July 29, and now it has announced how they plan to roll it out to all those users who are entitled to a free upgrade. According to executive VP of the Windows and Devices Group (WDG) Terry Myerson, Windows 10 will be a gradual roll out and the first ones to receive it will be the Windows Insider members.
This means that if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC that is entitled to get a Windows 10 free update on July 29, you probably shouldn’t be surprised if you don’t get it. On July 29, Microsoft will launch Windows 10 officially, but will roll it out only gradually. The first ones to receive it will be the Windows Insider’s members, and then will be the ones who have signed up for a copy, and then later to rest of the compatible PCs across the world.
This is probably a smart move by Windows, as a gradual roll out especially first to the ones who clearly are fans of Windows will help them crease out all the bugs before it is rolled out to the world. However, this also means it could take a while before it reaches consumers.
“Starting on July 29, we will start rolling out Windows 10 to our Windows Insiders. From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29. Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users,” the company explains on its blog.
As for all those who will have to purchase the upgrade, it is rumored that Microsoft will make Windows 10 available in retail stores on USB drives. It will be priced at $119.99 (approximately Rs 7,500) to consumers who want to install it on a new PC. Windows 10 Professional will cost $199.99 (approximately Rs 12,600).
Windows 10 brings Cortana integration, the new Edge browser, a new Windows Store, Office 2016 suite, and redesigned Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail and Calendar apps among other upgrades. It also brings a new feature called Continuum Mode which is designed to help people who are using 2-in-1 computers.
Microsoft is expecting over a billion devices running on Windows 10 in the next two to three years, with the Windows 10 support for smartphones coming later this year.