“Windows 10 Partner Guidance” reveals some more details on Windows 10

By | October 1, 2014

Yesterday Microsoft talked about Windows 10 (Threshold) for the first time (click here to rewatch the event if you missed it). Thanks to a confidential partner document posted on MDL Forums we now have a some more details regarding the preview and Windows 10 in general.

First off, the document clearly states: “Microsoft also shared that a Technical Preview will be available on October 1 around 9 a.m. for pre-release testing, evaluation and feedback”. There was some confusion about when exactly the Preview would become available, now you know for sure.

The document then goes on listing the same details and new features already explained at yesterday’s event, but end with a rather interesting Q&A section. Below is a selection of answers that provide new info, confirm existing rumors or are just interesting in general, be sure to check out the full document for more answers.

Q: When will the next version of Windows be made generally available?

We look forward to the next version of Windows being generally available over the summer of 2015.

Q: Will Windows 10 be available for free to existing customers?

Microsoft has not shared any information about pricing at this time.

Q: If I buy a Windows device this holiday season, will it be upgradable?

It’s our intention that the vast majority of PCs and tablets bought this holiday will work great on Windows 10.

Q: Should I download the Tech Preview?

Tech Preview is designed for PC experts who are comfortable downloading unfished software, preferably on a secondary PC. This is not a developer preview designed for app compatibility testing. While we do expect many developers to download the Preview, we fully expect them to run into compatibility bugs at this early stage.

Q: What are the system requirements for the Windows 10 Technical Preview?

If you want to test the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your PC, here’s what it takes:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access

The Windows 10 Technical Preview can be installed on PCs meeting system requirements running Windows 7 or newer

Q: Can I install the Windows 10 Tech Preview on a small form factor Windows tablet or a Windows Phone?

The Technical Preview is designed specifically for x86 based systems and is optimized for non-touch, mouse and keyboard driven systems. Windows on ARM-based processors continues to be an important element of our strategy for phones and tablets, and we’ll have more to share on the Windows experience for mobile devices at a later date.

Q: Do you think the next version of Windows will have a better adoption rate than Windows 8?

We’re pleased with the adoption of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. According to Microsoft, Windows 8 has surpassed 200 million licenses sold, and there are more than 6,600 Windows 8/8.1 certified products available to customers.