The much hyped Windows 10 has been pegged for a global launch this summer, according to Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore. He also added that the launch of their new OS on other devices, including smartphones and HoloLens has been delayed, which will be released later this year.
The announcement was made at the company’s BUILD conference where Belfiore also mentioned that the reason for the delay of the mobile version is because it’s different from the desktop and tablet version. “Our phone builds have not been as far along as our PC builds. We’re adapting the phone experiences later than we’re adding the PC experiences.”
The summer launch, however, will only be for the client version of Windows 10 on tablets and desktops. It’ll most likely be a free upgrade, to any current devices running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1. Belfiore also confirmed that their Windows Insider Program will also exist after the launch event.
The summer launch will be the first step taken by the Redmond giant to what will be an endless rolling Windows release cycle. However, some of its feature showcased at launch will not be included in the initial launch version. Notably, the support for extensions in the latest Microsoft Edge browser (earlier code-named Project Spartan) will come later, along with support for Windows desktop apps delivered via Windows Store.
Earlier reports also claimed that the Redmond giant is planning a massive feature update for Windows 10 next year, code-named Redstone. Making it first of the many major updates coming to Windows 10 in the near future.
Meanwhile, in other related news, Microsoft also announced at its BUILD conference that from now on, developers will have tools at their disposal, which port their iOS and Android apps to the Windows platform. With this new move, apps and games from iOS and Android can be ported to Universal Windows apps. This could probably tackle one of its biggest problems as far as mobile apps are concerned, the lack of quantity and quality of apps.
If everything works out as expected, things will certainly get better for Microsoft. Off-late, the company has received their due share of backlash from users and tech experts, as their Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 turned out to be rather disappointing. In addition, their smartphone business has been rather bleak, forcing the company to sell their handsets at a loss.