Cue the eighties classic by Europe (if you don’t know what I am taking about – head here) as we enter the final countdown to the official release date for Windows 10. July 29th approaches rapidly and therefore so does the RTM date.
However – what does this mean? In the past RTM (Released to Manufacture) used to mean that Microsoft would at that point release the bits to the OEM partners for use at the launch date, visit and then move on but we are in a whole new world now – Windows 10 is likely to be the last big release of Windows and therefore we are moving into the Windows as a Service solution with rolling updates and improvements.
So what actually is going to happen in the 29th? Well.. great question! Turns out – that’s when the magic starts coming to everyone – but not all at once. According to Microsoft Windows Blog “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 29th. Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users.” So – not everyone will get Windows 10 on the 29th then – Given that the aim is to upgrade some 1 Billion devices then I guess it is understandable that they are ramping it up rather than going “big bang”. There will be notices sent to those who have signed up for the upgrade that it is available and then all the checks that have been part of the Windows upgrade process for the last few editions will kick in (so the upgrade will start with checking to see if you will have any issues with the upgrade – in the past this has included for me a notice to deregister iTunes before the upgrade process as it eats one of the computer registrations) and then after you have fixed or ignored the issues – then the upgrade process will continue.
One thing to note (for those of you that are using it) there is no Windows Media Center in Windows 10 – I have a machine that is in the lounge room that is a media center PC – BluRay player, media player, etc – that one has been offering me to upgrade to Windows 10 for the last little while – if I actually said yes it would warn me that Windows Media Center is not available so I could choose to continue or not. That one will be a Windows 7 machine for a while.
For those that have been part of the Windows Insider program – the last released build of 10240 has been updated almost daily since that build was deployed to the Fast ring. So we are in the home stretch now!
If you are near a Microsoft store on the 29th (any of the Microsoft stores worldwide – including the newly opened one in Sydney) there will be celebrations instore to attend.
While you are here – have a look at the new advertisement for Windows 10 – cuteness abounds!