Some users may receive the Windows 10 update after July 29 launch date as Microsoft says it will be rolling out the new OS in waves
If you’re looking forward to waking up on July 29 and meeting your brand new Windows 10 operating system, you may be disappointed.
That’s because Microsoft has admitted that not all devices will be receiving the free upgrade on that date.
Instead, the company will only be “slowly scaling” out updates on and then after July 29.
Terry Myerson, executive VP of Microsoft’s OS division, wrote on Microsoft blog post this week: “Starting on July 29, we will start rolling out Windows 10 to our Windows Insiders. From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th. Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users.”
The problem is, it would seem, is rolling out the operating system to “one billion” devices will just take longer than a day.
“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.
“We’ve been really pleased with the strong response to Windows 10 since we kicked off reservations in early June, with millions of reservations. We want to make sure all of you have a great upgrade experience, so we’ll roll-out Windows 10 in phases to help manage the demand,” said Myerson.
Will You Be Upgrading To Windows 10?
- Yes, immediately (52%)
- Yes, in the future (23%)
- Undecided (10%)
- No (8%)
- I use another operating system (5%)
- Don't Know (3%)
This week, security experts raised concerns about a new feature in Windows 10 that allows users to automatically share access to their Wi-Fi network log-in credentials to friends and family wirelessly.
Wi-Fi Sense was introduced in Windows Phone 8.1 and is designed to make it as easy as possible for users to connect to open hotspots by automatically connecting them to public Wi-Fi and providing information to networks when necessary.
But it also allows people to share their own Wi-Fi networks with Facebook, Skype or Outlook.com contacts without the need to share their passwords. This, it is claimed, makes it simpler to access friend’s Wi-Fi and means you don’t have to give up your credentials.
“Your contacts and friends are then automatically connected to the Wi-Fi network you share if they’re using Wi-Fi Sense on their Windows Phone,” said Microsoft. “Likewise, your phone will automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks they share with you to give you Internet access.”
The company stresses that all information is encrypted and that guest users cannot change passwords or access any other device on the network, just web browsing.