Mere few weeks before the much-anticipated Windows 10 July 29 launch, Microsoft has revealed that vast majority of people won’t get the new OS iteration on the release date itself.
In a new Windows blog post Terry Myerson, Microsoft VP of Operating Systems, has announced that Windows 10 will be rolled out in different phases. Initially, the OS will be rolled out to the Windows Insiders who have been trying out early versions of the software. Post July 29, Redmond will start notifying those who have already registered for a copy of Windows 10. Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1 users for a year.
“Starting on July 29, we will start rolling out Windows 10 to our Windows Insiders,” noted Myerson.
“From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th. Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users.”
The blog post mentioned that there are currently five million Windows Insiders, which rose from 3.7 million in May. Also, Microsoft said that it has collected millions of reservations for Windows 10 from the public.
Myerson also noted that the company will start distributing Windows 10 build to manufacturers so they can install it on new machines as well as to retailers all across the world so that they can assist their customers with upgrades of newly purchased devices.
“Soon, we will give a build of Windows 10 to our OEM partners so they can start imaging new devices with Windows 10. The new devices our partners are working on are very exciting, I can’t wait to hear your feedback as you get a chance to use them,” the blog post reads.
“Soon after, we will distribute a build of Windows 10 to retailers all over the world, so they can assist their customers with upgrades of newly purchased devices that were originally imaged with Windows 8.1.”
While Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro will be available on July 29, enterprises will be able to download Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education via the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting on August 1.
Microsoft also stressed that if the company determines a user’s system is “not yet ready for your upgrade,” it will provide more details, such as contact information to enable users to get more details from application providers or device manufacturers.