At its big Windows 10 reveal event in September, Microsoft quoted a vague mid-2015 release time frame for the new operating system. Now, as ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports, the company has shared a more precise schedule.
Speaking at a Credit Suisse Technology Conference yesterday, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner stated:
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.
The guys at Neowin rightfully point out that Turner's "late summer and early fall" formulation is a little odd. My guess is that Turner is referring to the way new Windows versions are released to manufacturing a few months before they hit stores. For example, Windows 8 hit RTM status in August 2012, but the operating system wasn't released commercially until October of that year. By the looks of it, Windows 10 may follow a similar schedule. (Thanks to Neowin for the link.)