Windows 10 for desktops will launch before Windows 10 for phones

By Scorpus
May 1, 2015
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    Microsoft has confirmed at their Build 2015 developer conference that the launch of Windows 10 will be staggered across a range of devices and platforms. This means that when Windows 10 launches on desktops, tablets and laptops, don't expect to see Windows 10 for phones, Xbox, HoloLens or IoT launch at the same time.

    The staggered release schedule won't come as a surprise for those testing the various builds of Windows 10 through Microsoft's Insider program. Windows 10 for desktops is well ahead of Windows 10 for phones and IoT, both in features and stability, while Microsoft hasn't even released a Windows 10 preview for Xbox.

    Part of the reason for Windows 10 launching on desktops before phones was explained by Microsoft's Joe Belfiore at Build 2015. Windows 10 development ramped up shortly after the launch of Windows 8.1, but at the same time, the phone team was still working on finishing Windows Phone 8.1. This delayed the start of development of Windows 10 for phones.

    Microsoft also revealed that Windows 10 will launch without every feature they've announced so far. As every app included with Windows 10 will be able to be updated through the Windows Store, some features will be added in post launch, such as Extensions for the company's new Edge browser.

    There is still no word on exactly when Windows 10 will launch, or just how far behind the builds for phones, Xbox and IoT are. Microsoft did confirm that HoloLens will not launch alongside Windows 10, but again, an exact release date was not revealed.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    "Microsoft also revealed that Windows 10 will launch without every feature they've announced so far"

    Might wanna reword that a bit...

    NO GUI, BINARY ONLY, final destination (lets see how many people get that reference..)
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    I wonder if that means they may forget to launch it with the start menu.
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  4. RexfordL

    RexfordL TS Rookie

    I've heard the new nickname is MS-Delta Oscar Sierra..
    rpjkw11, Lionvibez and ikesmasher like this.
  5. spectrenad

    spectrenad TS Rookie Posts: 97   +18

    Haha, never cared a single bit about the lack of a start menu in Win8, but this was still funny.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    That's what people cried about the most, that and the tiles. It doesn't pay to annoy your customers so you give them what they want. They could've included the start menu with Win 8 but left it disabled then those who wanted it so badly could've enabled it themselves, it would've saved a lot of fuss and bother.

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