Microsoft to celebrate Children’s Day or to just put a stop to all the speculation and come clean, have announced today the official Windows 10 release date. The actual release date is earlier than expected, as many tech savvy people pegged it for the end of August, including our mighty selves. Microsoft has debunked that and confirmed that the final Windows 10 release date is set for July 29. As we have been previously informed by the Redmond giant, Windows 10 will be free to those who upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8, and you can reserve your copy right now.
This initial Windows 10 release is only for PCs and laptops, with the mobile version of the operating system to be launched at a later, undisclosed date. What was missing from today’s announcement was the Windows 10 price. Those who are not upgrading or those who are upgrading from a pirated Windows OS still don’t know what they will have to pay for the brand new OS from the company that is trying to get back into the saddle with free software.
Speculations about Windows 10 price result in a belief that the Home version of the OS will cost about $100 per license, while Pro and Enterprise versions will cost around $150 per license. That’s unconfirmed, so take it with a grain of salt, if you please. Otherwise, Microsoft have also made it clear that Windows 10 will be free for a limited time, saying that until July 29 2016, people will be able to get their hands on it for free. That’s a good timeline to go by, as those of you who don’t own Windows 7 or 8 devices can go out and buy them and enjoy the free upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available.
Those of us who already have Windows machines are directed towards the small Windows icon that should appear on the right side of our task bars. If you’re not getting that icon, it means that you need to update your software or are running an Enterprise version of Windows. Or your device is not compatible with Windows 10 or it still needs some extra improvements for the new OS to work. In any case, the upgrade process through a reservation is rather easy and simple and you can back out at any time. Note that you need to have a genuine Windows installed, otherwise you won’t be able to get Windows 10 for free.
While there’s no official release date for Windows 10 Mobile, we expect that to land sometime in August, if our sources are correct. Nonetheless, we can’t wait to get our hands on the full, final version of Windows 10 in July. Note that rollout of the OS to compatible devices might take a while, which means you’re going to have to wait for an update notification once you reserve your copy of Windows 10. Will you be installing it when it goes live or do you believe you should wait until more people have tested the OS out on multiple systems? Let us know! We’re waiting to get some numbers on how many people reserved their Windows 10 copy on the first day!