Microsoft has today confirmed that Windows 10 will launch globally on Wednesday, July 29. The release date gives Microsoft less than two months to finalize Windows 10’s features and fix its bugs, of which there are many in the latest preview build.
More recent previews have certainly taken great strides toward becoming ready for public use, but even the latest build — version 10130 — has its fair share of problems. Microsoft will be hoping to eliminate almost all of those by the time Windows 10 goes on sale.
It would be naive to think that the software will arrive without any bugs, however, so early adopters should bear that in mind. The good news is, Microsoft can easily rollout fixes, and many of them are likely to be available before consumers buy new Windows 10 PCs.
“Windows 8 launched with a big update available on the first day, and many separate app updates,” The Verge notes. “Windows 10 looks set to continue that trend.”
Of course, a few bugs are unlikely to discourage hardcore Windows fans from upgrading on day one — especially those already running Windows 7 or Windows 8, who qualify for a free Windows 10 upgrade during the first year.
In addition to bringing back the Start menu, Windows 10 offers Cortana integration, Microsoft’s new Edge browser, a new Xbox app and the ability to stream Xbox One games to a PC, and lots more changes and improvements.
It is certainly worth the upgrade, then — even if you have to pay for it. It’s still unclear how much Windows 10 will cost for new customers and those who aren’t eligible for a free upgrade, but recent listings from Newegg suggest pricing will start at around $109.99 for OEMs.