Microsoft is really focused on delivering Windows 10 as early as possible, and in recent blog post, head of Microsoft’s operating system team Terry Myerson revealed that Windows 10 has a planned summer release.
The exact time-frame is not outlined, but Myerson did go on to say that Microsoft’s new flagship OS will be available in 190 countries and 111 languages on release.
Microsoft wants to make a big splash with Windows 10 and intends to get everyone on board as it’s offering the OS for free for those upgrading from Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 and even from pirated copies of Windows 7.
This time-frame aligns with an RTM version of the OS to be complete in June and it should be perfect timing for Microsoft to unveil the Surface Pro 4 and possibly a flagship Windows 10 phone.
Windows 10 is shaping up to be a hit, and Microsoft seems to be racing towards its release at blistering speed with the help of over 2 million Windows Insiders. Additionally, Windows 10 may be released sooner than we initially thought as the possibility of the OS hitting RTM (release to manufacturers) this June is very plausible with the way it’s been progressing.
This is not a confirmed timeline and things may change going forward, but getting to RTM in June is important for two reasons, the first reason is to have Windows 10 PCs ready in time for back to school. OEMs need time to prepare Windows 10 on their PCs, and a June release from Microsoft would provide them with adequate time to ready their product and have it on store shelves before September.
The second reason would be the Surface Pro line, as this June would mark the one year anniversary of the Surface Pro 3, and Microsoft doesn’t intend to release a new model without it running Windows 10.
Many things must align with Windows 10, as Microsoft will not only be releasing their flagship OS on PCs, but also on tablets, phones, Xbox , Pixel Sense displays and IOT devices. This is not an easy task, as a project of this enormous scale takes careful planning and requires the company to be completely aligned. The pay-off can be of significant benefit if Windows 10 is a success as it graces every device type, but it could be catastrophic if it’s not.
It’s only been half of a year since Surface Pro 3 hit the shelves and it created a new genre of PCs that has set an example of what a true hybrid computing experience should be like. As a laptop-tablet hybrid, it’s a perfect fit for all types of users. But one thing that has plagued this innovative device is the reputation of the operating system it comes with – Windows 8.
Although Windows 8 was first envisioned as a way to bridge mouse and keyboard devices with those relying on touch interactions, it had its flaws initially but most of them have been addressed when Microsoft released Windows 8.1 update to the infamous OS. Still, the reputation of the “would have been” OS was tarnished and many consumers including business customers opted out of the idea. Some big names such Coca Cola, BMW, many airlines and government institutions around the world have embraced Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 but there is still an enormous pool of potential clients who are waiting for something better.
Fast forward a few months and here we are, awaiting the consumer release of Windows 10 as Microsoft looks to turn a new page and bury the legacy of Windows 8 once and for all.
Which leads us to the latest rumors regarding to the Surface Pro 3 successor – Surface Pro 4. It has been reported today by IBTimes that Microsoft is indeed looking to release the Surface Pro 4 later in 2015 to early 2016 and the device will run on Windows 10.
According to reports, the device will also come in two sizes – and 8-inch version to compete against iOS and Android, which will be geared towards consumers and a larger 13 to 14-inch variant aimed squarely at businesses. The report also claims the new Surface will be pricier than its predecessor by a few hundred dollars as it will ship with Intel’s new mobile CPU and upgraded RAM.
The overall design and other specs of the new device (at least for the larger variant) are expected to be very similar to the Surface Pro 3 as most accessories will be cross-compatible.
Please note these are just rumors as Microsoft has not publicly confirmed such plans.