The official release of Windows 10 is less than two weeks away, but Microsoft continues to push out updated preview releases as it puts the finishing touches to the platform.
Microsoft has just delivered Build 10240 of the Windows 10 preview to testers on the Fast and Slow rings of the Windows Insider programme, stating that code is "one step closer to what customers will start to receive" on 29 July.
The announcement sparked speculation among Microsoft watchers as to whether Build 10240 is the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of the code that is delivered to system builders to pre-load onto new PCs.
The RTM release typically marks the point at which the code is officially regarded as finalised.
As a sign that Windows 10 is getting close to being finalised, Build 10240 removes the watermark that indicates the version number, which all preview versions until now have displayed on the desktop. However, Microsoft hinted that there may be further releases between now and 29 July.
"Besides builds, over the next two weeks you'll also see some Windows updates and app updates in the Store, so make sure to keep checking for updates daily to make sure you're running the latest and greatest code," said Gabe Aul, Microsoft's director of programme management for the Windows Fundamentals team, writing on the Windows blog.
As Microsoft has previously stated, users currently running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to download Windows 10 as a free upgrade for one year following its release.
Windows users have begun to see a notification tool on the taskbar of their computer that enables them to register to receive the update as soon as it is available.
"We're all working super hard here to deliver the best Windows ever, and are preparing everything that needs to be in place for our public release. We cannot wait for all of you, and your friends and family who reserved their upgrade, to see the result," said Aul.
"This is going to be an exciting couple of weeks, but it is also only the beginning. Windows-as-a-service means that we'll continue to keep Windows up to date with improvements and features, and our Windows Insider Programme will continue so you can get early builds and share your feedback with us."
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