As we draw nearer to the release of Windows 10, it makes sense that Microsoft's predictions about the schedule are getting more specific. That launch window has narrowed yet again. Microsoft executive VP of operating systems Terry Myerson announced at the WinHEC 2015 summit that Windows 10 will arrive this summer.
The last time we heard about the Win10 launch timeline, Microsoft provided an estimate of "late summer and early fall," so it seems that we might see the OS slightly earlier than expected. The entire summer season is still a pretty wide target, though.
Another interesting piece of news from the WinHEC summit is that Windows 10 may be free for most developers of embedded systems. We already knew that Microsoft would provide a free version of the OS for the Raspberry Pi 2, but devices in the Internet of Things may be able to get Windows 10 gratis, as well. Here's what Myerson had to say:
For the first time, a new version of Windows for small footprint IoT devices will be available – for free – when Windows 10 launches. Windows 10 will offer versions of Windows for a diverse set of IoT devices, ranging from powerful devices like ATMs and ultrasound machines, to resource constrained devices like gateways. Through key partnerships with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Intel, Qualcomm and others, we will provide great options for commercial devices builders, hobbyists and students.
Windows has long been available for embedded systems, but it's interesting to see Microsoft open up its new platform to such a wide range of developers. If Windows missed the boat on mobile, perhaps its next frontier is the Internet of Things—truly "Windows everywhere." We'll keep our ears to the ground for more info on Windows 10 as the summer approaches.