Despite my personal admiration for the operating system, Windows 8 hasn’t been a massive winner for Microsoft. The adoption rate is still depressingly lower than they would’ve liked, but they’re directly combating this issue with Windows 10. You’ll have a full year to snag it for free, and that could be kicking off as early as July.
Windows 10 has been in technical preview for a while, but that’s still a far cry from a stable, commercial release. It’s expected to land this year, but it could be far sooner than I’m sure anyone expected if AMD is to be believed. During a recent earnings call, AMD CEO Lisa Su expressed her excitement for the launch of the DirectX 12 API, which he expects as early as July.
“What we also are factoring in is, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory buildup,”
That’s extremely early, especially since Microsoft has yet to officially confirm anything of their own. I’m sure AMD, and Nvidia alike are anticipating the launch of the OS and new, low-level API, as it will became a major selling point for their new cards. DirectX 12 is the crowning feature of the new operating system, giving developers more unrestricted access to graphical hardware – in turn allowing them to create more visually stunning, efficient games.
Although that will only start happening a few months after Windows 10 launches, as most studios are only really starting to push the API as a future, supported feature. Windows hopes that it will transform gaming on both PC and Xbox One, so right now the earlier the better in their view. Still, I think we might be waiting a bit longer than just three months.
Last Updated: April 20, 2015