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Microsoft outlines its roll out plan for Windows 10
The news of the upgrade to Windows 10 feels like watching a play whose actors repeat their lines verbatim every night of the run. Thankfully, there are only a few weeks, four to be exact, left before Windows 10 is finally here. And now the Redmond-based has revealed how it will roll out its Windows 10 upgrade.
Windows 10 will come to your PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, or HoloLens.
The company has revealed that it it had over a million beta testers. It also revealed that it is rigorously testing and listening to every issue from its five million Windows Insiders on the quality and readiness of Windows 10.
On the roll out of the upgrade, it says that to allow for a smoother upgrade experience for the user, it will roll out Windows 10 in phases to help manage the demand.
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This is a long-awaited upgrade by Windows and as such the compnay has to deliver some impressive features. Cortana, Windows Hello, Microsoft Edge, Continuum, are some of the features that users can except to be in the Windows 10 update on 29 July 2015.
Regarding compatibility, the company says that it has been “actively engaged to work on device and application compatibility.”
“In our testing of millions of systems, we’re seeing full compatibility today with the vast majority of Windows 8x and Windows 7x systems– and we are not yet done, we will never be done – we will be continuing this application and device compatibility work every day as part of our ongoing commitment to Windows as a service.” The company says.
The company says that it will provide users whose system are not ready for an upgrade with more details during the upgrade. Furthermore, it promises to include contact information so users can follow up directly with an application provider or device manufacturer. This is only in some cases though, the majority of users with incompatible systems, can choose to complete the upgrade, and “find alternative compatible solutions in the Windows Store after you upgrade.”
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Windows 10 new mail and calendar
How to know when you’re ready to upgrade
On 29 July 2015, Windows says it will start the roll out with its Windows Insiders and then begin to notify reserved systems in waves, continuing to do after the 29th.
Each day of the roll-out, the company says, will be a learning process. It further promises act quickly to squash it any problems. It maybe sound like the company is too apologetic but in truth Windows 10 even though it had beta testers, issues will need to be ironed out.
Business customers and Windows 10
Windows 10 Pro, the companys says, will be released on the same date as Windows 10 Home. For those who require volume licensing, they will have to wait for the 1 August 2015 to be able to download Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education on Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
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The company notes that Window 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education have been tailored for businesses and offer a range of security, deployment and management features.
Considering that Windows has not upgraded in a long time, the uptake should be fairly good. As such the amount of complaints will be high. If it runs with less complaints, Windows will win and if not, Windows 10’s users could see months before it stabilises.
Windows 10 new mail and calendar image by Sumit Chauhan