Windows 10 will launch this summer

Windows 10

Windows 10 will launch this summer, according to Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems.

The company announced the time frame at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in Shenzhen, China, where it also promised a version of Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant, localized for Mandarin.

Microsoft also used the event to announce partnerships with manufacturer Lenovo, social network Tencent, security giant Qihu 360, and, perhaps most interesting, Xiaomi.

According to Myerson, the partnership with Xioami will allow select Mi 4 smartphone users — yes, the Android smartphone — to download Windows 10 Technical Preview and provide feedback to Microsoft’s Chinese localization team.

It’s unclear whether the summer timeframe also refers to Windows 10 for phones, or merely the desktop and tablet-optimized version that is considerably farther along in its development.