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AMD CEO Spills The Beans On Windows 10 Release Date: End Of July

We've heard for quite a while that Windows 10 would be offered up for mass consumption sometime in the 2Q/3Q release window. Many reports have stated "this summer." Either way, AMD CEO and President Lisa Su cleared the air and stated when Microsoft's new operating system would become available. Is she taking a guess? We'll find out towards the end of July.

The revelation came during a conference call about the company's Q1 2015 financial results last week. Harlan Sur of J.P. Morgan asked the AMD CEO to help him understand "directionally" on the decline of two segments: computing/graphics and enterprise embedded/semi-custom. Lu answered that the semi-custom units are expected to be up in the second quarter. Shipments of Carrizo are also expected to be up in the same quarter.

"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 build-up," she said, concluding the answer.

Keep in mind that Microsoft officially stated that Windows 10 will launch in 190 countries and 111 languages this summer. The date Lu referred to could be the time Microsoft hands the upcoming operating system over to OEMs. Because Microsoft stated "this summer," the company technically has until September 23, the first day of Fall 2015, to get the platform out to the public and keep the summer deadline.

Windows 10 will bring a number of great things to the platform including the Project Spartan browser, the Cortana AI, and Universal Apps that work on all Windows platforms. As we've seen in the previous Technical Preview builds for the desktop, Windows 10 has reduced the Start Screen to a mere Start Menu, which combines both Modern UI and old-fashioned desktop apps.  

Windows 10 will be a huge launch for Microsoft, enough so that the company has enlisted testers in the community to load up Technical Preview builds and provide feedback. This is likely the most consumer-based hands-on input Microsoft has ever faced, and let's be honest; Windows 8 wasn't exactly welcomed with open arms. Windows 8.1 cleaned up the mess somewhat, and Windows 10 looks to eliminate all traces of Windows 8 by not costing customers a single dime for the first year.

That all said, it's not surprising to see AMD and other vendors keeping an eye on Windows 10 development and what it will bring to the consumer market during the back-to-school season.

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  • firefoxx04
    Please do not refer to Cortana as "AI", she hardly is. Anything I say to her results in a damn Bing Search that I could have searched myself in the same time that it took me to say "hey cortana, run steam".

    What is she good for? She tells a joke or two and does bing searches. Two things that I do not need my OS to do for me.

    What also drives me nuts (this started with Windows 8) is that when I start typing for a program, half the results are Bing searches and not actual programs that I have installed. Maybe this can be turned off but its pretty annoying.

    I want to like Windows 10 but I just went back to Windows 7 and I am glad I did. Good thing Windows 10 will be free because its the only real way I will be upgrading to it. I have more complaints as well but ill save it for a better place.
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  • DarkSable
    What also drives me nuts (this started with Windows 8) is that when I start typing for a program, half the results are Bing searches and not actual programs that I have installed. Maybe this can be turned off but its pretty annoying.

    I want to like Windows 10 but I just went back to Windows 7 and I am glad I did. Good thing Windows 10 will be free because its the only real way I will be upgrading to it. I have more complaints as well but ill save it for a better place.


    It can. Very easily.

    The trouble with windows 8 that I've found people have is that it comes with very annoying default settings. Most of what people complain about is easily changed, but users don't want to deal with that.
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  • Blazer1985
    So you tried the desktop version of cortana or the windows phone one? Because the w10 tp one is a crippled down version of the cortana you find on wp 8.1
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  • somebodyspecial
    15717885 said:
    Windows 10 is expected to become available at the end of July.

    AMD CEO Spills The Beans On Windows 10 Release Date: End Of July : Read more

    "Windows 10 looks to eliminate all traces of Windows 8 by not costing customers a single dime for the first year."

    So this OS isn't free then correct? What is the fee after the first year? They shut off your PC if you don't pay or what?

    Guess I now know I'll be keeping win7 until 2020.
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  • Osmin
    Windows 10 will be a hit if Microsoft would only listen to the feedback of the users. I haven't checked lately but the majority of feedback is asking for Windows 7 start menu functionality with resizable space for the live tiles. This includes having All Programs back with a subfolder called All Apps to separate the crippled tablet/phone apps from the full featured desktop apps for desktop users. Also, I hope they took out search from the task bar and placed it back in the start menu. I saw some progress last time I checked my build but they have a long way to go. They seem content on making the Window 10 start menu just a smaller version of the Windows 8.1 start menu. They should take their time fixing the issues that the majority of users want fixed.
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  • sykozis
    How exactly do you know what the "majority of users want fixed"?? Those of us "testing" Windows10 are far from being the majority.

    Quite honestly, if they reinstate the Windows7 start menu I'll be dumping Windows from my primary system and the rest will remain with Windows8.
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  • somebodyspecial
    One more point, it almost seems this is aimed at getting us all on subscription, as they've trademarked Microsoft365 (that's not office365). I will not be using win10. This 1yr scam to get people to upgrade won't get me. I wouldn't be too surprised if they make you kill your win7/8/8.1 keys to upgrade also. So a year later when you're sitting there with a defunct PC asking for money, you have no way to go back. They'll respond with "it's in the lic agreement, didn't you read the fine print"...LOL.

    edit:
    http://www.pcgamer.com/microsoft-windows-10-will-not-be-sold-as-a-subscription/
    We'll see if this ends up true or not I guess ;) That said, I see nothing but DX12 here, and have no need for it. I'd rather see vulkan take over and android gaming amp up to lessen MS/Intel's hold on us. They've backtracked on things before, so I'll wait and see. That trademark sure makes me wonder and they certainly aren't legally bound by something they say in an interview.
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  • sykozis
    Microsoft is giving Windows10 away for 1 year. That means anyone that wants to "upgrade" to Windows10, will be able to do so within the first year at absolutely no cost. Anyone that decides to wait out the first year, will then pay for it. That was already very clearly stated. For a period of 1 year (or 365 days) from the day of release, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 at absolutely no cost. If you wait 366 days after launch to "upgrade", you will have to buy a license. MS also said that your Win7 and 8.x license keys will still be valid.
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  • somebodyspecial
    15719109 said:
    Microsoft is giving Windows10 away for 1 year. That means anyone that wants to "upgrade" to Windows10, will be able to do so within the first year at absolutely no cost. Anyone that decides to wait out the first year, will then pay for it. That was already very clearly stated. For a period of 1 year (or 365 days) from the day of release, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 at absolutely no cost. If you wait 366 days after launch to "upgrade", you will have to buy a license. MS also said that your Win7 and 8.x license keys will still be valid.

    Microsoft has never said anything that didn't come true, so I guess you're right :sarcastic: I understand what they're saying, but do I trust them?...Not much further than I can throw them. It's bad enough that they're already trying to data-mine our kids (and parents of said kids) by pushing common core.
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  • alextheblue
    Please do not refer to Cortana as "AI", she hardly is. Anything I say to her results in a damn Bing Search that I could have searched myself in the same time that it took me to say "hey cortana, run steam".

    So you tried the desktop version of cortana or the windows phone one? Because the w10 tp one is a crippled down version of the cortana you find on wp 8.1

    Yeah Cortana on the tech preview Win10 isn't complete. If you want to know what Cortana is capable of you'd have to use it on WP. Anyway I suspect they'll have them up to parity by launch, and they will then continue to incrementally improve Cortana on various devices. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good.
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