Microsoft’s forthcoming operating system, Windows 10, could be publicly available as soon as late July, the CEO of Advanced Micro Devices said.
While Microsoft announced in March that Windows 10 would be available “this summer,” it has not divulged a definitive release date for the OS. However, Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD, disclosed during the chip manufacturer’s recent earnings call that Windows 10 would launch in late July.
“What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory buildup,” Su said during the call, according to a transcript published by Seeking Alpha.
AMD is a major supplier in the PC market, and is likely a reliable source on Microsoft’s release plans for Windows 10. AMD supplies application chips to many companies that manufacturer Windows computers, rivaling other major chipmakers such as Intel. If AMD already has plans for the Windows 10 launch, consumers can likely expect new smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops running Windows 10 to quickly follow the system’s release.
Windows 10 is intended to overhaul Microsoft’s operating system after the previous Windows 8 was poorly received. Windows 78 released publicly in October 2012 and was criticized as being too centered on touchscreen devices, with a subpar interface for desktops and laptops.
Windows 10 is expected to feature a more traditional desktop interface and start menu and will be available in 190 countries and 111 languages upon release. Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for a year following its release.
Windows 10 is expected to be a single operating system, which will be compatible with Windows PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.