Windows 10 release date: ‘summer’, Xiaomi to assist with testing meantime

Windows 10 release date: ‘summer’, Xiaomi to assist with testing meantimeWindows 10 is still being tweaked at the moment, but we’ve been told – unofficially – to brace for the first Windows 10 devices in or around August.

Microsoft’s EVP of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, chimes loosely with that notion, telling us to pencil the official Windows 10 release date in as “summer”, but arguably more interesting is the news that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will assist with Windows 10 testing. Zuh?

Of course, if you want to get pedantic, summer here is not summer in Australia, for example, but it’s probably fair to say we’re talking June, July or August for the Windows 10 release date – or possibly even September, depending on your definition.

“We continue to make great development progress and shared today that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages,” writes Myerson on Blogging Windows.

“Windows has always been global with more than 1.5 billion users around the world and here in China hundreds of millions of PCs operate Windows today.”

Lenovo is unsurprisingly mentioned as a Windows 10 partner, alongside Tencent and Chinese internet security guys Qihu 360, but one name we didn’t necessarily expect to hear was Xiaomi.

“Through a new program with Xiaomi, one of the top smartphone distributors in the world, 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,” writes Myerson, as if the idea of testing Windows 10 on an Android handset is no big deal.

“These power users will have the opportunity to download the Windows 10 Technical Preview – installing it and providing their feedback to Microsoft,” adds Terry, though that’s as specific as he’ll get for now.

Xiaomi has supposedly stressed that it’s not necessarily “partnering” with Microsoft, and there’s no mention of Xiaomi Windows 10 phones at this stage, but it sounds like MS might launch some sort of Windows 10 Android ROM. Interdasting.

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