Microsoft has officially announced that the full version of its Windows 10 operating system (OS) would be made available this summer. In an announcement late Tuesday, Microsoft revealed that the new operating system (OS) will be made available to consumers "this summer", said a post on the firm's blog by Terry Myerson, Microsoft EVP of Operating Systems.
The software will be available in 190 countries and in 111 languages from day one. The summer release date had been heavily rumored in recent months. The Redmond-based giant had earlier announced that Windows 10 would be free upgrade to millions of devices running Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. As of now, the technical preview software version is available as an open beta to Windows insider members.
Microsoft also revealed several new partnerships that will help the company launch Windows 10 in China. For instance, Lenovo will offer Windows 10 upgrade services at 2,500 service centers and select retail stores in China when the Windows 10 upgrade is available.
Qihu 360, a well known internet security company in China, announced it will bring Windows 10 for free to their customers in China through seamless upgrades.
Interestingly, Microsoft has inked a partnership with Xiaomi - the tech giant from China. The firm isn't going to make Windows 10 phones just yet, but it will be sending out a custom version of the Windows 10 OS to selected users of its phones for testing.
"A select group of Xiaomi Mi 4 power users will be invited to help test Windows 10 and contribute to its future release later this year. These power users will have the opportunity to download the Windows 10 Technical Preview - installing it and providing their feedback to Microsoft", Microsoft explained in a press statement.
Basically, Microsoft has made a custom Windows Phone ROM that can be run onto an Android Phone. At this moment, it's not clear if this means that the Xiaom Mi4 could dual-boot between operating systems in the future.