Get Windows 10: Microsoft’s Hidden Roadmap for the Biggest Software Upgrade in History
What was already an open secret has now been confirmed (apparently accidentally) by one of Microsoft’s partners in the PC supply chain. Thanks to offhand remarks from AMD’s president and CEO Lisa Su, we now know that Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 10 at the end of July.
But what will actually happen when the appointed date rolls around? That poses some interesting logistical questions for Microsoft.
The Windows 10 upgrade program is going to be one of the largest software delivery projects in history. Microsoft is offering full, free upgrades for every PC currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Service Pack 1 (excluding those running Enterprise editions, which don’t qualify for the free upgrade).
That means a 2GB+ upgrade package downloaded to each PC.
So just how big is the eligible Windows 10 upgrade base? It is certainly measured in the hundreds of millions, representing PCs running Windows in dozens of languages, all over the world.