So, you’ve been playing with the Windows 10 Tech preview, you’ve reserved your copy, and now you’re just waiting for July 29th, so you can start using the real thing on your Surface, right?
Well, not so fast.
A new blog post by Windows chief Terry Myerson details how Microsoft is planning to roll out Windows 10 and, according to the plan, you might not see your copy of Windows 10 right away.
In his post, Terry says that the process will begin on July 29th with Microsoft getting the build out to its OEM partners first. After the OEM partners, retailers all across the world will get their copies and only then will the rest of us start getting their reserved copies.
Since the OEM partners and re-sellers are in line before us mere “normal people” and since even giant companies like Microsoft have only so much network bandwidth, it is possible (if not probable) that you won’t get your reserved copy for a few days after the July 29th release date.
Here’s what Terry had to say about it…
“From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th. Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users”
Also, note that he said, “update the experience” which probably means that Microsoft will be pushing out a bunch of fixes as quickly as people report problems with the final version of Windows 10.
Windows 10 Release: When Will I Get Windows 10, Then?
Well, that’s hard to say. Myerson also wrote…
“If you reserved your copy of Windows 10, we will notify you once our compatibility work confirms you will have a great experience, and Windows 10 has been downloaded on your system.”
To me, this is a great way of saying “you’ll get it when the really bad bugs have been squashed.”
So, end result, be patient and don’t be upset if you find that it is beginning of August before you get Windows 10 on your Surface.
Tim Rolston is a professional geek with over 23 years of experience working in Information Technology and dealing with everything from large-scale storage to remote systems management and automation for organizations such as Texas Instruments, Mobil Oil, and the University of Michigan (where he was an Academic IT Director).
He co-founded JTRTech along with Joanna to realize his long-time dream of working for himself.