Microsoft’s already spent plenty of time showing off what Windows 10 can do, and now we finally know when the new operating system is actually hitting the market. The company recently confirmed plans to release the latest version of Windows this summer in 190 countries and in 111 languages.
The news was revealed during a Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in China, where Microsoft also discussed several new partnerships it has established with local hardware-makers. The Redmond company is teaming up with Lenovo, Tencent and Qihu 360 to make the Windows 10 upgrade as easy as possible for Chinese customers. Lenovo is also set to launch its own Windows phones in China later this year, and Microsoft is even working with Xiaomi on a version of Windows 10 that runs on its Mi 4 smartphone as part of an early technical preview.
Windows 10 introduces a ton of new features, including Cortana integration on desktop devices, a new “Spartan” browser, a redesigned Start Menu, universal apps and more. The company also announced support for biometric authentication with a new program called Windows Hello, and we’re sure there will be even more surprises once Microsoft finally releases its new operating system this summer.
Microsoft still hasn’t offered an exact release date, but at least now we have a general idea of when Windows 10 will launch. We’re also looking forward to Microsoft Build 2015 this April, where we’ll probably learn even more about the new software.