With the launch of Windows 10 now just a week away on July 29, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella says that there will be plenty of new hardware made for their next OS by third-party OEMs. He also stated that there are many more devices in testing for possible upgrades to Windows 10.
During Microsoft's quarterly conference call with financial analysts earlier this week, Nadella praised the OEM ecosystem as it gets ready for Windows 10. He stated:
"In fact, our OEM partners have over 2,000 distinct devices or configurations already in testing for Windows 10 upgrades, as well as hundreds of new hardware designs. We are delighted that the first of these exciting new devices will start to be available on Windows 10 launch day. And, by this holiday, we will be selling the widest range of Windows hardware ever available."
During the Q&A segment of the conference call, Nadella talked about what he says will be the three phases of Windows 10's launch:
"The first phase is what I'll describe as the upgrade phase, that's what starts in a week's time. And that is more retail execution and upgrades. Then come the fall you will see the devices from all the OEMs going into the holiday quarter. And then the enterprise upgrades, in fact, we have a release of enterprise features which I mentioned in my script, which will ship in that timeframe and I expect piloting to start and deployments to start in the second half of the fiscal year."
"So that's how I'll think about the OEM, as well as enterprise adoption. So I would -- my bullishness for Windows 10 is more in the second half of the fiscal year. And of course it will build. It will build starting in a week's time in retail and in the upgrades, but I sort of see this in three phases."