On the 2nd of July, Microsoft released information on their Windows Blog about their highly anticipated Windows 10 rollout plans.
Windows 10 rollout: the changes
The biggest change for Windows will be its transition to “Software as a Service” product, which means there will be no more major updates to download or buy (such as service packs), just a long continual flow of small upgrades and bug fixes.
Every time there is a fix or a slight change to the system, Windows will automatically update with a fix. This is a big step for Microsoft and a large change for users, with some applauding the change and others concerned.
Windows 10 rollout: get your free copy
However, one difference that most consumers are happy with is the free copy of Windows 10 for those who own a previous version. Once updated, you will get an upgrade to a fully activated Windows 10 for a whole year. As for pricing after this year, though, there has been no news.
So how will you get your upgrade? Microsoft’s Terry Myerson has published a guide: Windows 10: Preparing to Upgrade One Billion Devices, which gives further details of how the free upgrade to the new OS will occur.
Windows 10 rollout: giving priority and getting feedback
Myerson explains that, among the general public, those who signed up to the Windows Insiders programme (a public beta tester group that Myerson claims to be formed of five million people) will be getting priority, receiving their copy of Windows 10 on July 29th. From that date, those who have reserved the free upgrade will receive it “in waves, slowly scaling up.”
This allows for Microsoft to listen to feedback from the Insiders and then the following reserved customers all while making adjustments. This ensures that throughout the process of handing out their product, updating every machine can go as smoothly and efficiently as possible. As Myerson puts it, “Each day of the Windows 10 rollout, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users.”
Windows 10 rollout: smooth transitioning
Myerson assures that users will get a notification to upgrade once Windows 10 has been thoroughly tested on a multitude of devices, to ensure a smooth transition regardless of what you are updating on. However, for those whose systems are currently not ready, they will be notified of ongoing developments for their particular device and hopefully they will get their upgrade soon after.
As per usual, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) will get access to Windows 10 the earliest, in order to image all the newly bought desktop computers, laptops and tablets with the latest technology. So for those wanting to stick with an older version of windows but wanting a new machine, you may have to buy soon before every machine is updated.
Windows 10 rollout: anticipated dates
Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home will be made available on July 29th alongside the consumer release. For those holding a Volume License for use in schools or business, you will be able to get Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education starting on August 1st.
This Windows 10 rollout is an interesting development by Microsoft, representing a major change in the way operating systems are deployed. The only question is, will there be subscription charges in the future?
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Alex Viall is the Director of Mustard IT, a London-based company that offers professional IT support to businesses across London and the Home Counties.
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