As the Windows 10 launch machine gears up for release on July 29th, PC manufacturers have begun to announce details of how you can get your hands on a new Windows 10 PC on launch day.
With previous Windows releases, manufacturers would receive the RTM (release to manufacturing) build of the operating system in plenty of time to prepare an ship hardware to retailers in time for the busy holiday retail period.
With the Windows 10 software released earlier in the year, manufacturers are now scrambling to get hardware in the channel in time for “back to school” and “back to college” promotions – a key time for consumer hardware purchases.
In a short blog post yesterday, HP’s Mike Nash announced that online orders placed for Windows 10 PCs would be shipped to customers on July 28th, to arrive on launch day. Selected retailers will receive stock of HP PCs with Windows 10 from August 2nd. Pre-ordering is now open at HP.com.
Clearly, both manufacturers are having to pull all the stops out to get products into the hands of consumers on, or just after launch day – but work on Windows 10 has been continuing for sometime. Dell’s collaboration with Microsoft and other hardware partners has resulted in a range of features they’ll be promoting in Windows 10 devices. Here’s what they had to say in a recent blog post:
- Screen. Dell collaborated with Microsoft to maximize the touch-enabled functionality of our devices and enhance the front of screen experience, similar to what you would expect from other commonly-used devices, such as smart phones. As we roll out Dell PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s, our customers will enjoy a great touch interface on the industry’s best high-resolution InfinityEdge screen for use with Microsoft Continuum.
- Sign on. Dell is an early adopter of Intel’s RealSense 3D cameras. We were the first to launch RealSense on our Venue tablets and are bringing the capability to our mainstream Inspiron laptops, All-in-one desktops, and 2-in-1s. We’re pretty bullish on what RealSense will do for the facial recognition login with Windows Hello, allowing you to securely and instantly log into your PC. We think this is a feature you will come to love – doing away with forgetting passwords once and for all. Expect to see more of this technology embedded across our full product portfolio.
- Audio. Dell’s long-standing relationship with Waves MaxxAudio allows us to offer superior audio features, including improved performance for media playback, voice communications and automatic speech recognition. Dell has been on the cutting edge of audio integration, and folding Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana into the PC experience will be done seamlessly.
- Support. Industry-leading support services keep your Windows devices up and running longer, so you can get the most out of them for an extended period of time. ProSupport Plus for PCs and Tablets for commercial customers and Dell Premium Support for consumers both offer OS and software help should you need it – and that includes Windows 10.
Whether you’ll be purchasing new Windows 10 hardware or upgrading your OS on or after launch day, you can expect to see a huge marketing push from Microsoft and its partners very soon.