Windows 10 is set to be unveiled on July 29, but Microsoft hasn’t provided us with other details regarding the current milestones scheduled for the new operating system, but according to rumors swirling around the web during the weekend, Windows 10 officially enters RTM Escrow today.
This means that, starting today, Microsoft is no longer working on new features and their development has frozen, with the whole team now focusing on bug hunting and improving performance before the official launch in late July.
Russian leaker WZor says that Microsoft is also opening a new branch called winmain_rtm, but once again, we should take all of these with a pinch of salt because there’s still no confirmation that Windows 10 has reached such an important development phase today.
And yet, it does make sense for RTM Escrow to happen today, as Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul, who is also the head of the Windows Insider program, already announced earlier this month that the focus would be switched on bug fixing and performance improvements instead of new features, and given the fact that we’re only one month and a half away from the launch, this thing becomes a priority.
Despite the fact that Windows 10 has reached RTM Escrow, Microsoft will still release new preview builds for Windows insiders, especially because the company needs more people to look for bugs ahead of the public launch.
New features will most likely be missing in new builds and that’s something to be expected, as Aul himself confirmed that no big changes would be included in the upcoming releases.
Windows 10 is projected to launch on July 29 for everyone and it will be offered as a free upgrade for those on Windows 7 and 8.1 during the first year of availability. Pricing for the OS starts at $119.99 (€100) for those who are not on any of these two OS versions or are running a pirated copy of Windows.