Microsoft has been underway continuing to develop Windows 10 and releasing more and more Technical Preview builds for developers and IT to test. The latest build released, 10041, has brought some new and exciting changes. We have also received new information from Microsoft concerning the release of Windows 10 and what upgrade paths will be available.

Windows 10 Release Information

Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's operating systems team, shared a release date in China at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community event. He did not give a time publicly, but this does align with earlier reports that the company is planning to finish it in June for consumer consumption. We look forward to a summer release. They did announce that Windows 10 would be released in 190 countries and 111 languages.

Upgrade Paths to Windows 10

While upgrading your operating system from one version to another may be supported, it is usually safer to backup, wipe and then install the latest version. It can also greatly increase your computer performance. But if you are simply wanting to take an upgrade path, Microsoft did reveal possible options.

screen_shot_2015-03-18_at_8_01_18_amAs you can see from the graph, most Windows 7 and Windows 8 copies will be able to upgrade to Windows 10. People with Windows XP and Vista will have to buy a new license of Windows 10 if they want it installed on their computers.

Microsoft Fading out Internet Explorer?

While I have not heard any statement that Microsoft is fading out IE, we do know they are developing a new internet browser, code named Project Spartan. From what I have read about Spartan is that Microsoft in dropping a lot of legacy code from years back and making Spartan lighter weight, faster and much more compatible with most web sites today. Although Spartan has not been added to the latest Windows 10 builds, we hope it will be added soon. I am eager to start testing with it.

Will Windows 10 be a free upgrade for you?

To many, this is the ultimate question they want an answer to. What we know is Microsoft has announced that it will be free to consumers, but not Enterprise editions of Windows 7 and 8 versions. We hope this means that Windows Professional will be included in the free upgrade, which many believe to be true.

We have also just recently found out that Microsoft announced that current pirated copies of Windows will also be able to upgrade to Windows 10. These copies, however, will not also receive a valid license of Windows 10. We know China has hundreds of millions of pirated copies of Windows. Perhaps Microsoft is trying to lesson the use of older versions even if they are pirated?

If you have any questions about Windows 10 please let us know and we will do our best to help get you an answer. I imagine there will be quite a bit of people wanting their computers upgraded to Windows 10, but we always advise not upgrading a business computer to the latest Windows until at least a few months, or longer, until most bugs and security vulnerabilities are found and patched.