With a lot of hype and expectation, Microsoft has finally announced the unveiling date for Windows 10. On January 21, 2015, specific journalists, reviewers, and bloggers will receive a special invitation from Microsoft to see the newly released Windows version.
According to a spokeswoman for Microsoft, the exciting event will take place at the company’s campus in Redmond, Washington and is scheduled to last an entire day. As part of the event, additional details pertaining to consumer experience for this version of Windows will be shared.
Microsoft had previously pledged that consumer-side features of this new operation system would be disclosed sometime in 2015 but now the exact date is set. However, the company will use this opportunity to issue yet another preview of Windows 10 in place of the string released since the original launch on September 30 that consisted of a more technical preview.
Held in San Francisco, the September event featured two of the top executives with Microsoft. Joe Belfiore, was the vice president who had responsibility for the design of Windows and Terry Myerson, who oversees the operating systems group.
Reportedly, both Belfiore and Myerson will participate in the upcoming reveal of Windows 10 in January along with Phil Spencer, head of the company’s Xbox video gaming console division and Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO.
The spokeswoman went on to share that the morning keynote will be webcast publically, syncing the presentation with various 2014 Microsoft launches such as the Office for iPad debuted in March and the Surface Pro 3 that was introduced in May.
However, the company spokeswoman stressed that the actual unveiling of Windows 10 will not be part of the webcast. However, she confirmed that a recorded version of the event will be made available at a later date.
For the most part, analysts have been positive about Window 10 although there has been some concern pertaining to its chances of boosting an otherwise stagnant PC industry if declining prices of hardware destroy the business’ premium part.
Compared to the event held in September, the unveiling in January is anticipated to be much larger and longer. In a statement from last October by Michael Silver, analyst with Gartner, it would be difficult for Microsoft to make a big splash and discuss the new Windows version in September considering the holidays are just around the corner. Rather that consumers buying a PC during the upcoming holidays, many will wait to benefit from the version 10 release.
At one time the official launch of Windows 10 was slated for some time in the middle of next year but as stated last week by Kevin Turner, chief operating officer for Microsoft, that would push the unveiling around the late summer or early fall period. However, in an interview with The Nikkei in Japan, he modified his statement to say only “early fall”.