Microsoft aims for autumn launch with Windows 10

COO Turner amends earlier estimates, says next-gen OS to be ready by ‘early next fall’

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Microsoft aims for autumn launch with Windows 10 Turner: Windows 10 will launch ‘early next fall’. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 11, 2014

Microsoft is now looking at an autumn release for Windows 10, slightly later than anticipated by industry commentators, Reuters reported.

Redmond's chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, yesterday told Japan's Nikkei news service that the platform would likely launch "early next fall" after last week telling the Credit Suisse Technology Conference that the likely timing was "late summer and early fall".

Windows 8's critics bemoaned the system's tablet-focused interface and reported a frustrating experience when it was installed on conventional notebook and desktop PCs. When the next-gen OS was unveiled in September, Microsoft said the skip over digit "9", from Windows 8 to Windows 10, represented a leap forward as the company tries to develop a unified platform across all devices.

Early reports of the Windows 10 prototype have been largely those of guarded optimism. The system includes the familiar desktop with start button and menu bar, but adds features that allow tablet use to be more seamless.

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