Windows 10 is almost here, but not everyone will get their hands on the new operating system just yet.
Today (July 2), Microsoft announced that it will start rolling out Windows 10 to PCs and tablets on July 29. Upgrades will first be available to early-access users and those who have reserved their copies of Windows 10. The next release will be to OEM partners, followed by retailers.
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Windows 10 will be rolled out in batches to different sets of users. The first rollout will be to members of Windows Insiders, Microsoft's early-access and beta-testing program, which lets users download, try and provide feedback for the Preview version of Windows 10. Learn more about the Windows Insiders program and how you can participate here.
The second phase of the rollout will target users who have reserved their copy of Windows 10. Microsoft will notify users when they are ready for the upgrade — a pop up will appear on the taskbar — and of any incompatibility issues. (Microsoft says that users with incompatible systems may still be able to get the upgrade, but they'll have to find fixes and compatible solutions at the Windows Store after the upgrade.) Find out how to reserve a copy of Windows 10 here.
Everyone else, however, is out of luck for now. The next rollout of Windows 10 will be sent to OEM partners, to install onto new devices, followed by retailers for consumer and business purchases. Microsoft has yet to announce dates for these releases, so those who are not part of the Windows Insider program or have not reserved their copy of Windows 10 will likely have to wait a while before getting their hands on an upgrade.
The same process applies to business editions of Windows 10. It will include Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise, and new servicing through Windows Update for Business. Just like previous versions of Windows, volume licenses for business users will be available. An Enterprise Data Protection feature will also be introduced later this year.
Microsoft says Windows 10 will be delivered as Windows as a Service, meaning the company will continue to gather feedback on user experiences, release security updates and make improvements throughout the rollout process and beyond.