Microsoft announced the Windows 10 release window at WinHec, a hardware focused event held in Asia.
The company said at launch that the update would be release later this year, but it confirmed today that it would be coming in the coming months.
The new release will bring a host of new features, including a streamlined look and the ability to load it on devices of all kinds, including holograms. It will also get rid of some old ones, including killing off Internet Explorer.
Windows 10 will also feature a new Xbox gaming app, which will not require Xbox Live Gold. Meanwhile, another marquee gaming feature for Windows 10 is that it will allow Xbox One games to stream to PCs and tablets running the new OS. In addition, Windows 10 supports cross-platform play, starting with Fable Legends.
The update will be free to all Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users for its first year, as the company announced when it launched the operating system in January.
To make that upgrade process easier, some PC companies have already committed to helping their customers get on the new operating system. Lenovo, for instance, will offer free upgrade services at 2,500 service centres in China so that customers will be able to be guided through the upgrades.
Offering the upgrade for free is thought to be partly a response to the high amount of piracy of previous Windows updates in China. As such, the company will even offer the upgrades to people who are using copies of the software that aren’t genuine because they’ve been downloaded or shared.
“We believe that, together with the feedback you provide us, we can build a product that all of our customers will love,” executive Terry Myerson said last year. “It will be our most open collaborate OS projects ever.”