Windows 10 To Launch This Summer for PC, Tables and Phones

In a post on the Windows Blog at Microsoft, the company has committed to Windows 10 being released this summer for PCs, Tablets and Phones.  It is the first solid commitment they have made other than “Coming in 2015” and gives an good indication that the company feels they are making good progress on the release thanks to the help of Windows Insiders.  While no specific date was provided in the post from Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems at Microsoft, it is does mean that we will likely see Windows 10 on our devices within 6 months.

The post was a follow up on Mr. Myerson’s trip to China where he spoke at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) even held in Shenzhen where commitments were made to Windows 10 by several Chinese OEMs including Lenovo.

We continue to make great development progress and shared today that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.

As part of the post, Lenovo has committed to not only have Windows 10 available to their customers but will also be providing an upgrade service to their customers through their 2,500 service centers in China to upgrade customers to the new OS.  Lenovo also committed to having a new Windows Phone powered by Windows 10 available in the Chinese market working with the national carrier China Mobile.  That device is expected mid-year 2015 and likely will be around the same time as the launch of Windows 10 itself.

Part of the announcement also included information on the new security feature, Windows Hello.  Leveraging the biometric features on your PC, Windows Hello will allow you to sign in with a fingerprint, iris or facial recognition, eliminating the need for a PIN or a password.  The Intel RealSense F200 chipset will be fully supported in Windows 10 to accomplish this new level of security.  The nice thing about this new feature is that if your device already has a fingerprint reader, it will be supported with Windows Hello in Windows 10.  You can read more about Windows Hello here but it has the potential to revolutionize password management both in the enterprise and for consumers.

You can read the full blog post by Terry Myerson here.