1.    07 Mar 2016 #1
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    Microsoft pushes back Windows 10 'Redstone' 2 to Spring 2017


    Microsoft's second major set of new features for Windows 10, known as 'Redstone 2,' are now a spring 2017 deliverable, meant to coincide with a new wave of Windows 10 hardware, sources say.

    Microsoft is delaying Windows 10 "Redstone" 2, primarily because of the decision to wait until early 2017 to support a wave of new Microsoft-branded Windows 10 devices.

    That's the scuttlebutt from contacts of mine who asked not to be named.

    Word that Redstone 2 had pushed back to spring 2017 was reported initially by Winbeta.org last week. Up until now, my contacts were saying Redstone 2 was slated for arrival just before the end of calendar 2016...


    Read more: Microsoft pushes back Windows 10 'Redstone' 2 to Spring 2017 to line up with new Microsoft device wave | ZDNet
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  2.    07 Mar 2016 #2
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    Thanks for the update Shawn.
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  3.    07 Mar 2016 #3
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    When is the next update to be released before Redstone2 that will be available for non-insiders?
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  4.    07 Mar 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by groze View Post
    When is the next update to be released before Redstone2 that will be available for non-insiders?
    Planned for Mid 2016.

    The 2016 Microsoft Product Roadmap:

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  5.    07 Mar 2016 #5
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    When is the next update to be released before Redstone2 that will be available for non-insiders?
    Quote Originally Posted by Cluster Head View Post
    Planned for Mid 2016.
    Is that 2016 according to Gregorian calendar? Just checking, as Microsoft seem to be using the Ethiopian calendar now-a-days when quoting Windows 10 Mobile release dates.
    Last edited by ARC1020; 07 Mar 2016 at 14:38. Reason: Typo
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  6.    07 Mar 2016 #6
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    Thank you Cluster Head. I wonder how the delayed release of Redstone 1 will effect the free offer. Makes me wonder if the free upgrade offer will be extended.
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  7.    07 Mar 2016 #7
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    ZDNet's Ed Bott does not think Microsoft will ever charge, or at least in the near future. Full article contains more data on his opinion.


    Windows upgrades have never been a major source of revenue for Microsoft, and the company's shift to the cloud has made that fact even more apparent. I wrote about this phenomenon last year, in "Microsoft's transition from traditional software to the cloud is picking up steam." Here's an updated version of the chart from that post, covering Microsoft's full fiscal year 2015, which ended a month before Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer began.

    Contrary to what you might have heard, Microsoft isn't giving away Windows 10 for free. In the six months ending December 31, 2015, OEMs paid Microsoft more than $6.2 billion to install Windows on new PCs, with that amount including tens of millions of licenses for new PCs running Windows 10.

    Meanwhile, in the last year for which we have figures, Windows licenses sold through retail channels, which includes upgrades and academic editions, constituted 8/10 of 1 percent of Microsoft's total revenue for the year. That's a mere drop in the bucket
    Windows 10 subscriptions aren't happening. Here's why | ZDNet
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  8.    07 Mar 2016 #8
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    MS never said they were giving anything away.. it's a free upgrade to certain users and it was never going to be a freebee to OEM's.
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