, vice president of Windows and Device Marketing, was mistaken when he wrote in a blog post that PCs shipping on July 29 would not have the new operating system preinstalled. Well, now we’re all confused. Dell Inc CEO Michael Dell said on Twitter that he expects Windows 10 to ship on new Dell PCs on July 29, contradicting a statement made yesterday by Microsoft. Microsoft, which is still testing the highly anticipated operating system, said consumers would have to work with their local retailers to upgrade to Windows 10 after purchasing their new devices, in a blog post.
This means that all new units, such as the Dell XPS 15, on which Microsoft demoed Windows 10 during Computex, would not come with Windows 10 preinstalled, but rather users would have to upgrade at retail locations. a PCWorld staff writer, Twitter user, @MarkHachman, explicitly asked Michael Dell if his company still planned to ship units with the operating system preinstalled, to which Dell replied, “Yes. We are ready.” ell also provided a link to a Dell Inc. landing page that includes a countdown to when Windows PCs will begin shipping. The start date: July 29 at 4AM Central Time. Interestingly enough, the XPS 15 is not included on the list of select PCs that will come with Windows 10 pre-installed. The XPS 13, however, is included, as are a range of Inspiron laptops and desktops.
If Microsoft has confirmed that manufacturers would be able to preinstall Windows 10 on new devices starting July 29, this would seem to indicate that a final, or “release to manufacturing,” build is complete.
unfourtunately, this runs counter to what Yusuf Mehdi, Vice President of Windows and Device Marketing, told Bloomberg yesterday. “You will see computers running with Windows 10 installed very soon after the 29th and then in the fall a whole new class of machines for the holidays,” Mehdi said.