After a very busy week that included three builds for Windows Insiders and detailing the plans for rolling out Windows 10 on 29 July 2015 it now appears that Microsoft will cross a very important step in the Windows 10 development cycle this week.
Release to Manufacturing, more commonly known as RTM, is a point that marks Microsoft's readiness to push the final code to its OEM partners and ultimately end users on Windows 7 and 8.1 as an upgrade.
The Windows RTM milestone used to normally occur a few months before the planned General Availability (GA) of the upcoming operating system but in this new era of Windows as a Service (WaaS) the OS is never really done and will be updated on a regularly basis with new features, fixes and other updates.
In the case of Windows 10 this RTM is happening just a little more than three weeks before the OS is scheduled to go live to the world on 29 July.
So what does RTM mean to you? It simply means that the progression of Windows 10 is moving forward and is on track for its GA date later this month.
The larger question is whether or not Windows Insiders will receive this RTM build prior to 29 July to test it out or will that date be the first public release of RTM?
I think there is a remote possibility that Windows Insiders will see this RTM build ahead of 29 July as it would be beneficial for Microsoft to collect telemetry across a wide range of system configurations in order to address any lingering issues with Day 1 updates.
What do you think? Is Windows 10 ready for RTM based on the quality of build 10162 that was released to Windows Insiders last week?
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