"Volume licensing customers will be able to download Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education on Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting on August 1," Myerson said.
Analyst expect few companies to immediately jump to Windows 10 -- many of them only recently wrapped up their migrations to Windows 7 and some still have Windows XP to purge -- but IT administrators may want to begin testing the OS against their line-of-business applications, or even launch small pilot programs stocked with adventurous employees.
OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) -- the Lenovos, Dells and HPs of the world -- will get Windows 10 "soon," Myerson added, so that they can begin pre-loading the OS on new systems. Some, such as Dell, have pledged to start selling Windows 10 PCs on July 29.
Microsoft also will distribute Windows 10 to retailers before July 29, so that they can prepare for upgrading customers' recently purchased Windows 8.1 PCs.
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