Wondering when Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) Windows 10 will launch. Well you can probably stop wondering, thanks to Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) CEO Lisa Su, Ph.D.
For those who missed it, Dr. Su stepped on AMD’s CEO carousel in Oct. 2014, replacing Rory Read. AMD’s CEO longevity has been shrinking at an alarming rate. Its first CEO and cofounder lasted 23 years. The next lasted five years. The last two lasted two-and-a-half and three years, respectively, which brings us to Su — AMD’s fifth CEO in the last decade. Su at least comes with sterling technical credentials — she holds a Ph.D in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
AMD CEO Lisa Su, Ph.D [Image Source: AMD]
But she surely didn’t do any favors for Microsoft, one of her top enterprise partners when she casually let slip during AMD’s Q1 2015 earnings call that Windows 10 would launch at “the end of July.”
Microsoft had previously stated last month that Windows 10 — a free major upgrade for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 customers would be delivered sometime in the late “summer” months, which was widely interpreted to mean either July or August. However, it hadn’t stated a specific release month yet.
It is clear that senior leadership at major Microsoft OEM and hardware partners are privy to a bit more of a definitive timeline from Microsoft, although dates on that timeline could shift, of course. AMD, like its archrival Intel Corp. (INTC) is among those who likely knows a bit better when Windows 10 will land.
With that in mind, there’s a fair probability that Su simply suffered a lapse in discretion during the call and let the true launch Window out of the bag. Of course she could have misspoken herself, but that possibility seems less likely. Will this July be “red(stone), Windows, and blue”? Only time will tell.
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