Microsoft has moved forward the launch date of its most anticipated operating system in years, Windows 10, which will launch in 190 countries and 111 languages in summer 2015.
The company announced the new launch window in a blog post late Tuesday after initially setting a launch timeframe of late 2015 during an unveiling event last fall.
Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and 8 users for one year starting this summer, though an exact release date has not been given.
In January, Microsoft held an event to expound on the key features of its new OS, including the return of the “Start” menu interface, a complimentary mobile interface for mobile devices, a new digital assistant expanding on Apple’s Siri named “Cortana,” PC/Xbox integration and a new web browser dubbed “Project Spartan,” which boasts a number of improved features designed to replace the company’s aging Internet Explorer for the majority of users. (RELATED: The 7 Most Exciting Announcements From Microsoft’s Windows 10 Event)
China will be a major Microsoft partner for the upcoming release according to post, where Windows chief Terry Myerson said the company will work with Lenovo and Chinese Internet company Tencent to offer Windows 10 at service centers, online and to users with pirated copies of older Windows products.