Although it is yet to put a firm date on the consumer release of Windows 10, Microsoft has confirmed that we won't have too long to wait.

Having previously just said that it will be available "later this year", it has now revealed that it is coming in the summer. And that will be a global rollout - to 190 countries and in 111 languages.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all current users of Windows 8, 8.1 and 7 PCs, Windows tablets and will also be coming to replace Windows Phone. It will also eventually become the operating system for Xbox One, although that is unlikely to happen at the same time.

One thing that is unlikely to make the cut however is Internet Explorer, at least for consumers. Microsoft will be ditching the new for its new internet browser that will ship with Windows 10, which will come under a different name entirely.

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It is currently codenamed Project Spartan after the Halo game franchise (like Cortana, Microsoft's voice assistant), and that has a potential to stick. But it is probably likely to be something else entirely.

Internet Explorer will remain in some capacity - for enterprise use, perhaps - but not in general use for home users of Windows 10.

"We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10," said Microsoft marketing head Chris Capossela.