Speaking at Credit Suisse Technolgy conference, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner revealed that Microsoft is on track to release Windows 10 to the public by next late summer and early fall. Before that they will have a consumer preview launch followed by a launch for developers to talk about the underlying platform for creating universal apps.
Read the exceprt from Kevin’s talk about Windows,
Now, before I close I thought it would be helpful to talk about Windows. Windows seems to be on the mind of a lot of folks today. Certainly that’s a big important franchise for us as a company. I will tell you this; it’s now the third biggest entity within our company behind the Office franchise and our enterprise franchise.
The thing I want to tell you about on Windows 10 is in the Windows 10 timeframe, which we plan to talk about the end-user consumer experiences in the early spring, we’ll have a developer preview and be able to talk to that in depth in the early summer timeframe. And then by next late summer and early fall we’ll be able to bring out this particular OS. That’s the current plan of record.
Now, the thing that I want to tell you about Windows 10 is that it’s very unique from any operating system we’ve ever built and any operating system that exists today. We have actually taken those four OSes across our embedded operating system, which is basically for our Internet of Things and all embedded devices, our mobile operating system for our phones and phablets and tablets, as well as our laptop and desktop operating system and our Xbox operating system and built that single kernel across all of those entities.
And the beautiful thing about that is it allows you to have one platform for drivers and apps. And what does that mean to an enterprise customer? It really means that you are able to build an application now and have it run across that entire spectrum of devices tailored to the individual device with minimal touch and changes.
So now you can write that application, have it actually run across Internet of Things, have it run across your mobile devices, have it run across your laptop and your desktops and your TV with Xbox, and you have a common kernel within that. We have one developer API now. We have one interface to silicon with Windows 10. And so that gives us the capability of having one store, which also gives us the capability of having one experience tailored to every device. So you see this opportunity that we have for Windows 10 is huge by leveraging the entire ecosystem, we’re delivering on this promise with this OS.
If Windows 10 is slated for September launch, then we may see very few devices from OEMs running Windows 10 for the next Holiday season. I hope Microsoft works with OEMs to get their Windows 10 devices out to the market as soon as they were made available.