Windows 10 v1703 goes RTM?

According to some reports, Windows 10 [a.k.a. v1703 (not v1704), a.k.a. Redstone 2, a.k.a. Creators Update] may have been RTMed [“release to manufacturing”] this past week with a rumored/leaked release date of April 11th – the same day the dreaded Vista gets its last updates and goes unsupported. Build number is 15063.

There are probably good indications of both as there hasn’t been any builds since 15063 was released over a week ago and Microsoft has started to release builds for “Redstone 3” [due on November].

In addition, “RTM” was mentioned in various XML files as part of the 15063 build.

As for the actual release date, Microsoft tends to prefer Patch Tuesdays. In addition a leaked and later pulled file mentioned April 11th.

Those part of the windows Insiders program [or have connections!] should be able to get the bits. Others will wait until they get notified sometime on or after April 11th.

Note that any systems upgraded to v1607 build within the past 30 days will not get the upgrade notice at least until after the 30 days are up.

Of course domain and enterprise level systems will not get the upgrade until the administrators approve.


Windows 10 to be released at the end of July

The AMD President & CEO let it slip that Windows 10 will go RTM at the end of July. I’m guessing July 28th as Tuesday is usually the traditional product release day for Microsoft.

This means, it will be in retail towards the end of August and most new systems released in time for the new school year could have it installed.

So this means that if your system qualifies, it can be upgraded for free until somewhere near the end of August or early September 2016.

[Microsoft uses the term RTM or “Released too Manufacturing” in reference to the good old days when a master CD image was sent to be duplicate millions of times. Now everything is on the Internet first. Even still it takes 6 to 9 weeks from RTM until you see it in stores or to buy online. OEMs such as Dell or HP are given enough time to create images for systems that will get it first.]

Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 go RTM

Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 have been RTMed [“released to manufacturing” as Microsoft calls it].

No. You can’t go to the store yet. That is still set for October 26th.

What it means is that the final “bits” have been approved.

It also means that manufacturers [i.e. HP, Dell, Lenovo, …] can start to prepare images for their computers.

Those with current MSDN and [paid] TechNet Plus subscriptions will be able to download their copy on August 15th. Visual Studio 2012 should also be available then. The day after, Partner Network and those with enterprise Software Assurance can grab their copies.  Volume License customers without Software Assurance can purchase from September 1st.

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 has also been released – unconfirmed. Windows Vista and Windows XP users are in extended support – no IE10.

Windows 8 to be available November 8th?

This could be interesting. Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 Phones will be available as of November 8th.

Since the various editions [laptop, desktop, tablet and smartphone] have been worked on at the same time, this could be the date that Windows 8 on the other clients will be released as well – not RTM [released to manufacturing] but actual street date where you can buy the client or by a new system with Windows 8. The RTM will actually be in in late August or early September but will be available to manufacturers, developers and IT professionals.

The big question, if this is true, is whether this will bring any big sales in the Windows platform prior to Christmas.

To make things more complicated, the next iPhone [the dumb research analysts thought it would be named “iPad 3” or “iPad HD” but were wrong] – which could be the “iPhone 5” … or not…. could be release just a couple of weeks prior to the Windows 8 Phone. If Windows 8 Phone was to be released before the iPhone, it would have a fighting chance. But after? Not likely.

As I mentioned before, unless Microsoft caves in and returns the “classic” Start menu as an option, Windows 8 will fail. Nobody wants to learn a whole stack of shortcuts that were previously available in Windows 7 as a one or two clicks. As the first beta release isn’t out yet, we don’t know if Microsoft heard the complaints and brought it back – or not.

Barring any major change, I am still not recommending Windows 8 on a non-touch screen system [laptop or desktop].

October release date for Windows 8?

Microsoft is aiming for an October date to release the commercial version of Windows 8, based on comments that public relations director of the Windows Business Group Janelle Poole said at CES.
During a demo of the new operating system, Poole said, “Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7.”
This comment isn’t a major piece of news because Microsoft had said that they want a new OS every 3 years. But what this is more of a confirmation and there won’t be any expected delays.
If correct, then OEMs, volume license, MSDN and TechNet Plus users should be receiving the final version sometime in mid-July to early August.
Microsoft obviously wants enough time for Windows 8 to be given to computer manufacturers [a.k.a. RTM] to develop images for their computer models.
Windows 8 should have the same system requirements as Windows 7 and Vista. So we won’t see manufacturers like Acer short-changing the public by trying to sell computers that lack enough RAM or other resources that would make the computer sluggish at best. Microsoft is expecting to release the first public beta of Windows 8 sometime in February.