Windows 10 Incoming!
RTM means Released To Manufacturers, or Released to Manufacturing. It is the point in an operating systems development where the software is stable enough for the authors to release the OS to hardware manufacturers and the suppliers who create the retail media we buy in stores. It’s a basic “We’re done” moment for the authors, and while there may be updates released after RTM the software is generally ready for public consumption.
Well, Microsoft hasn’t come out and directly said that Windows 10 has reached RTM, but there have been a few interesting occurrences in the past few days which point directly to RTM:
- Windows 10 Insiders, those running the Windows 10 beta, have been on two separate update cycles name slow ring and fast ring where users in the fast ring would be updated to the latest and greatest while slow ring users would be updated more slowly to “stable” builds throughout the beta program. Slow ring users were always behind fast ring users by several build versions.
- The last release to fast ring users, those receiving the latest and greatest build, was #10166 and the previous release was #10162.
- Earlier this week Microsoft announced they were temporarily suspending preview builds – meaning there would be no more updates or downloads.
- Microsoft released build #10240 to both slow and fast ring users on July 15th.
I’m definitely not gifted with ESP, but the coincidence is just too much to ignore!
- There is a considerable jump in build numbers from 10166 to 10240.
- Both the slow ring and fast ring are updated to the same build number.
- July 15th is exactly 2 weeks before the announced release date of July 29th – OEMs like HP and Dell need the OS so they can have Windows 10 available on new PCs for the July 29th launch.
Stand by… Windows 10 incoming!