Microsoft announces Windows 10 release set for this summer in 190 countries

Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages, the company announced today, though a specific date was not named.

In a blog post on the Windows website, Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's operating systems team, didn't elaborate on the release time frame beyond saying it was shared at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community event in Shenzhen, China, today. The time frame aligns with an earlier Neowin report that the company is planning to finish the operating system in June to ready it for consumer consumption.

While specific territories weren't provided, the announcement of 190 countries likely means all major consumer markets will see a roughly simultaneous release.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for consumer devices with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1 in its first year, though businesses will have to pay for enterprise operating system upgrades. Computer users can currently test the preview version of the operating system, while a select number of Lumia smartphones can test its mobile version, with support for more phones coming soon.

Source: Microsoft

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