Sony has warned owners of its Vaio systems to hold off on upgrading to Windows 10, admitting that the driver testing has yet to be completed despite having had plenty of warning from Microsoft as to the operating system's release date.
Windows 10 represents a sea change in the way Microsoft releases its operating systems. Where previous platforms have had a set shelf-life after which users are expected to pay to upgrade to a newer version, Windows 10 is being offered for free to all Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 customers, and will be supported by the company for at least the next decade. With numerous improvements over its predecessors, there's plenty of reason to take the free upgrade offer before it expires next year - but Sony has warned its customers to hang fire for now.
In a message posted to its support site and first spotted this week by Myce.com
, Sony has told owners of its Vaio-branded systems that 'regardless of the Windows 10 upgrade availability, Sony recommends you WAIT to install Windows 10 on your Vaio computer, if that is what you choose to do, until after our testing is completed for supported Vaio models.
' A schedule included with the document advises that driver and application testting will be completed in October for devices sold with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, and November for older devices shipped with Windows 8. Those sold with Windows 7, however, do not have a schedule published, beyond the promise that more information will be available some time this month.
It's an embarrassment for Sony to be caught on the hop like this, having had plenty of warning as to the Windows 10 launch date and upgrade offer from Microsoft, but it hardly comes as a surprise: in the face of sinking sales Sony left the PC market in February 2014
, allowing a Japanese company to sell selected Vaio models
to the local market. With no horse left in the race, it's little surprise to see that Sony isn't prioritising development and support efforts for the devices it has already sold.