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So... when is Windows 10 coming out?

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Windows 10 is scheduled to be released on July 29, but it won't be available for everyone just yet.

Microsoft has revealed that the only people who will be getting Windows 10 on July 29 will be Windows Insiders.  These are the people who signed on to be beta testers for the new operating system.  After that, Windows plans to have a staggered roll-out.  In the words of Microsoft's Vice President of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, “If you reserved your copy of Windows 10, we will notify you once our compatibility work confirms you will have a great experience, and Windows 10 has been downloaded on your system.”

The plan is to release more operating system updates each day, listen to feedback and gather information and make tweaks as needed.

It makes sense, in a way.  Upgrading a billion operating systems is a daunting task, and something is bound to go wrong for someone in the process.  Still, it's frustrating for people who want to have the latest and greatest, especially when reviews for Windows 10 have been pretty positive so far.

Of course, the easy way to get Windows 10 on July 29 is to sign up as a Windows Insider.  You do have to go ahead and install the new operating system, but it's got most of the bugs worked out at this point, so it shouldn't be much of an issue.

It's just one more frustration for excited Windows users coming on the heels of another Microsoft communications gaffe.  Microsoft revealed their pricing structure for Windows 10 last month.  Who qualifies for a free upgrade was a little confusing and Microsoft had a hard time explaining their pricing terms, even though it's actually not all that complicated.