Microsoft now claims that there will be PCs on sale in stores with Windows 10 pre-installed for the operating system's official launch date on July 29. Previously, the company had indicated that would not be the case.
Bloomberg quoted Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's vice president of Windows and device marketing, earlier this week:
"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."
Since then, Microsoft sent Bloomberg an email statement, claiming that OEMs such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Acer will in fact have some of their PCs with Windows 10 pre-installed for sale on July 29. Dell has already been taking pre-orders for some Windows 10 PCs, with promises that they will start shipping those units to US customers on July 29, to arrive the next day on July 30.
One open question is when Microsoft will begin offering its own Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 tablets with Windows 10 pre-installed. We have contacted Microsoft's PR reps, but so far we have yet to receive an answer on that topic.