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Windows 10 is coming a lot sooner than expected..

Windows has announced that it’s planning to roll out their new Windows 10 operating system this summer to around 190 countries. An exact date hasn’t been nailed down just yet, but on Microsoft’s Windows Blog, Windows chief Terry Myerson has tacked the release down to this summer.

“We continue to make great development progress and shared today that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages,” says Myerson. Earlier this year Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users for a year, and that offer will start this summer. Remember, that’s not a year-long trial, it’ll be free forever for a year, then afterwards it’ll become a paid upgrade.

Microsoft also announced that it’ll be partnering with Lenovo and Tencent to offer Windows 10 in China, with Lenovo having Windows 10 upgrade services at 2,500 service centers and in some retail stores in China. Tencent are also doing their bit to make the Windows 10 roll-out easier. This effort from Microsoft is to make Windows available in China, a region which has high software piracy issues.

Surprisingly, Microsoft is offering the Windows 10 upgrade to non-genuine copies of Windows too. Though this offer may be limited to just China.

Of course, ‘Summer’ spans three months from June to August (roughly) so we’ve still got a good few months to wait until we can get our hands on Windows 10 and all of its interesting new features.

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