According to PC Advisor, a “consumer preview2 will be released in January so you’ll be able to see what you’re missing for quite a long time. Windows 10 isn’t now expected until the second half of next year.
Reuters, quoting Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, said the launch was likely to be the early Autumn.
Reports suggest that Windows 10 may well be free of charge to existing Windows 8.x users. Microsoft isn’t giving any details of prices yet and so no one is clear what the upgrade paths are likely to be.
The operating system is likely to look more like Windows 7 than Windows 8.x – the latter was Microsoft’s ill fated attempt to resemble other tablet operating systems like iOS and Android.
Even Microsoft insiders wondered what the company was doing with such a hybrid.
Microsoft’s decision to skip the number nine and jump straight to Windows 10 seems to be some kind of weird marketing move – as usual, it is describing the future OS as the “best OS yet”.